The cocktail hour: Americano


This summer, we’re taking you on a Grand Tour of Europe – without having to step outside your front door. Having ticked off the South of France, Tuscany and Spain, we’re heading to the north of Italy. Keep your aperitivo on theme with our recipe for the perfect Americano – just add olives and an imaginary piazza for your Italian escape

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.


45ml Tempus Fugit, Gran Classico Bitter
45ml Vermut Rojo, Bodegas Emilio Lustau
75ml soda water
Lemon or orange, to garnish

Build over ice and garnish with your citrus fruit of choice