Americano cocktail

The Americano is an Italian cocktail that, despite its name, uses only typically Italian products: bitter Campari (from Milan), red vermouth (from Turin) and soda water (from Milan). It is an official cocktail of the I.B.A. (International Bartenders Association).
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Americano cocktail

Ingredients of the Americano Cocktail

  • 1/3 Bitter Campari
  • 1/3 Red Martini
  • 1/3 Soda
  • orange and lemon to garnish


The Americano is prepared with the "build" technique (built directly in the glass) and uses a Highball or Juice glass, or also a low Tumbler.

Cut the rind of a lemon being careful not to include the white of the lemon (you can make a spiral of the peel for better visual effect). Cut a slice of orange.

Pour some ice cubes (always an odd number) directly into a tumbler glass to the brim and stir with a bar spoon, so as to cool the glass evenly. Throw the water formed in the tumbler. Pour the Campari and Martini Rosso, completing everything with soda.

Mix well using a simple stirrer or straw and garnish with the orange slice. Finally squeeze the lemon rind around the edge of the tumbler, before laying it beside the orange. Serve immediately.

History of the Americano

Like many cocktails, its origin is unknown but there are a number of stories. The oldest tradition is that the Americano was invented in 1860, at Gaspare Campari's bar in Milan.

Another story goes back to the 1930s, The cocktail was then named in honor of the Italian boxer Primo Carnera, active in the United States, and for that reason called the "Americano."

The Americano became a popular cocktail over the years, achieving fame thanks also to its mention in movies: it is one of James Bond's favorite cocktails, the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first novel in Ian Fleming's series, Casino Royale.

The Americano cocktail is also considered the "father" of the Negroni.