Americano cocktail: a great classic of bitters to enjoy as an aperitif.
How to make
Technique: straight to the glass / Glass: old-fashioned / Type: long drink (12cl) / Time: 2 mn
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
Pour the Campari, the red vermouth then the sparkling water.
Stir with a mixing spoon.
Insert half an orange slice.
The Americano cocktail was born in 1861 in the bar of Gaspare Campari (1828-1882). the cocktail was originally called the "milano-torino" because the campari comes from milan and the vermouth from Turin.
In 1919 prohibition began in the United States, Americans took advantage of their stay in Italy to consume alcoholic beverages. The cocktail was then renamed "Americano" in honor of American tourists who enjoyed the drink during their stay in Italy. The recipe is then exported to the United States, the cocktail then begins to become popular.
Since then, the Americano has somewhat entered into competition with the negroni cocktail, also based on Campari but more virile (gin replaces sparkling water). The popularity of the Americano therefore fluctuates depending on the region in the world.
Americanos are drunk according to individual habits and preferences. Some remove the sparkling water, some add a few drops of angostura, while others decrease or increase the proportion of campari for more or less bitterness.