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The best Americano drink recipe

Updated: Jan 2

An Americano cocktail drink

A Sip Back in Time

Before we jump into mixing and sipping, let's take a little detour back in time to explore the origins of the Americano. Contrary to what you might think, it doesn't originate from the heartland of the USA but rather from the charming cafes of Italy.

The story goes that in the early 1860s, an Italian bartender named Gaspare Campari, who later became famous for his eponymous bitter liqueur, created the Americano. It wasn't called that at first, though; it was known simply as the "Milano-Torino" due to its key ingredients – Campari, which hails from Milan, and sweet vermouth, which originates from Turin. The drink's popularity soared, and it became the go-to aperitif for Italians.

Fast forward to the Prohibition era in the United States, where Americans flocked to Europe in search of spirits. When they ordered the Milano-Torino, it was often mispronounced as "Americano," given the American origin of its imbibers. And thus, the Americano was born, not on American soil, but as a drink closely associated with American cocktail enthusiasts.

Ingredients for Your Americano Adventure

Now, let's dive into the present and get ready to mix up the best Americano drink recipe ever! Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 oz Campari

  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • Soda Water

  • Orange Slice (for garnish)

  • Highball Glass

  • Ice Cubes

The Art of Mixing

  1. Start by filling a highball glass with ice. The more ice, the merrier!

  2. Pour in 1 oz of Campari, the vibrant, bitter soul of the Americano.

  3. Follow up with 1 oz of sweet vermouth, which adds a luscious, aromatic layer to the drink.

  4. Top off your glass with soda water. The amount can vary depending on your preference. Some like it a tad bubblier, others a bit more mellow – you do you!

  5. Give it a gentle stir to ensure all the flavors are dancing harmoniously together.

  6. Garnish your masterpiece with an elegant orange slice. Its citrusy notes complement the bittersweet symphony perfectly.

A Toast to Tradition and Taste

As you take your first sip of the Americano, raise your glass to history, tradition, and the undeniable pleasure of a well-crafted cocktail. The bitterness of Campari, the sweetness of vermouth, and the effervescence of soda water combine to create a drink that's both complex and refreshingly straightforward. It's a little bit like life – a mix of highs and lows, sweet and bitter, all coming together in perfect harmony.

Whether you're sipping in solitude or sharing the Americano with friends, one thing is certain – it's a drink that stands the test of time, just like its rich history.

So, next time you find yourself yearning for a cocktail that's more than just a drink, mix up an Americano. And remember, it's not about where it's from, but the joy it brings to your glass. Cheers to the Americano!

Watch me make it below!

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