It’s a beautiful spring day – lots of sun, a light breeze – and we all know what that means; it’s the perfect day for an aperitivo!
My choice this evening is a refreshing and famous Italian cocktail, the Americano. If you don’t trust my taste in drinks, let me remind you that this is the first drink ordered by 007 in the first book of the James Bond series…
Despite what you might think from its name, the Americano is 100% Italian. The ingredients include Campari, originally from Milan, and Cinzano, a vermouth from Turin. Unfortunately, nobody can decide on when the Americano was first created, but guesses range from the 1860s to the 1930s. Today it’s considered the father of the famous Negroni and it continues to be one of the most popular classic aperitivo drinks.
Grab a glass (you should use an old-fashioned or a highball) and mix one up with us, it’s very easy.
Fill the glass with ice. Pour in equal parts Red Vermouth and Campari. Finish with a splash of soda water. Garnish with either an orange slice or lemon peel.
Drink. Be thankful Italians are talented at making great drinks. Repeat.