The Americano Cocktail and Its Patriotic Menu

June 12, 2013

The Americano is an irresistible summer cooler.

Americano Cocktail
Richard Swearinger

For July, our most patriotic month, serve Americano cocktails all around. Some sources say the cocktail got its name because Americans traveling in Italy (where the drink originated) took a shine to it. And who wouldn’t? Combining the spicy, bitter-orange refreshment of Campari with the sweetness of vermouth and the fizz of club soda, it’s an irresistible summer cooler. Whatever the name’s origin, think of it as a nod to our good taste.

For each cocktail:

1  ounce Campari

1  ounce sweet vermouth

1  ounce club soda

Orange peel twist and/or orange slice

1. Pour the Campari and vermouth over ice in a rocks glass. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with both an orange peel twist and/or orange slice.

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