You are here: Home » Entertaining » The Americano Cocktail and Its Patriotic Menu The Americano Cocktail and Its Patriotic Menu Entertaining http://relish.com/articles/the-americano-cocktail/ June 12, 2013 The Americano is an irresistible summer cooler. Richard Swearinger http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/americano-by-richard-swearinger.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint 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. For a fantastic patriotic meal, check out the menu below. Relish wine and cocktails columnist WINI MORANVILLE guides you to the best wine and spirits for the money. She is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook, Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Olive Parmesan Cheese Bites Pizza dough + olive mixture + parmesan cheese = instant incredible pick-up. Shrimp Cocktail Cucumber Bites A fresh, modern twist on the classic shrimp cocktail, served on top of thick cucumber slices. Potato Flatbread with Arugula and Mozzarella Mozzarella and Porcini salt: a pair meant for each other found on this flatbread. Feta Cheese Spread A quick-and-easy melted cheese appetizer. Lemon-Pesto Chicken Wings Skip the barbecue sauce and try pesto instead as a sauce for baked chicken wings.