The Americano cocktail, originally called the Milano-Torino due to the origin of the two main ingredients, is the drink that started the bitter cocktail trend in Italy. Campari comes from Milan and Vermouth was first commercialized as a spirit in Torino (it was previously only used pharmaceutically). Naming drinks, and mixing them, was simpler back then. I'm a big believer in the idea that it doesn't take a lot of ingredients to make a delicious cocktail, and this cocktail is a perfect example! Legend has it that the drink's name was changed in the early 1900's due to its popularity with American tourists. This is a little funny to me, because most Americans nowadays tend to gravitate away from bitter flavored cocktails. Although I feel a resurgence of classic cocktails coming and think that many of us are learning to appreciate a wider variety of mixology. Cheers to all of us expanding our drink palates!
1 1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz Vermouth
1 -2 oz Club Soda
Orange slices, lemons, or cocktail cherries for garnish
Pour ingredients into a small glass with a few cubes of ice.
Stir a few time just to combine.
train the drink into a small tumbler with fresh ice or a large cube.
Garnish with orange or lemon slices, or stick with the red, white and blue theme and use Maraschino cherries!
Old Fashioned glass or short tumbler.
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