The Americano, despite its name, was actually originally created in Italy. It is believed that in the early 1900s the Italians noticed that many of those who enjoyed this particular cocktail (known as the “Milano-Torino” at the time) were in fact, Americans. The drink was therefore renamed “Americano” as a tribute. Another thought is that the name came from the Italian word “amero”, meaning bitter.

What you need to make the Americano

For the drink
For the garnish
  • Half orange slice

How to make

  1. Add ice to an old fashioned glass and pour over Campari and red vermouth.
  2. Pour in a splash of soda water.
  3. Garnish with the half orange slice.

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