The cocktail hour: Americano
Author: Sophie Thorpe
The Americano has a long history stretching back to the 1860s, when it was first created in Milan, originally known as the “Milano-Torino” (with Campari coming from Milan, and the Vermouth from Torino/Turin). During Prohibition, it became a popular choice amongst Americans in Italy, earning it its name today. While 007 might be more often associated with the Martini, the first drink James Bond orders in Ian Fleming’s books (in Casino Royale) is in fact an Americano. Classically made with Campari, it’s a lighter, more refreshing counter to the punch of a Negroni – and a super apéritif, whether you’re in a Venice back-street bar or your back-garden.
Build over ice and garnish with your citrus fruit of choice