The Americano is a cocktail that dates back to the 60s of the 19th century. The drink was first served in ‘Caffè Campari’ in Milan. Originally, it was known as a ‘Milano – Torino’, referring to the hometown of the two main ingredients of the cocktail: Campari from Milan and Italian Vermouth from Turin. Later the drink was baptized ‘Americano’ because it was very popular with American tourists in the beginning of the 20th century.
The Americano is also the first drink that James Bond ordered in the book ‘Casino Royale’, the first book that Ian Fleming wrote about 007, in 1953. Later, of course, James Bond started drinking Martini. The Americano is also the predecessor of the much more popular Negroni, of which we already made a non-alcoholic version with the Nogroni. This Negroni is named after Count Camillo Negroni, who once ordered an Americano with Gin. We try to make an alcohol-free version and name it ‘AmericaNO’.
What do you need?
- 3 cl. Blutul or another alcohol-free replacement for red vermouth (Versin, Palermo Rosso,…)
- 3 cl. Venezzio or another alcohol-free bitter aperitif such as crodino or sanbitter
- 1 slice of orange
- At least 3 cl. sodawater
How do you make it?
- Fill a glass with at least five ice cubes
- Add the slice of orange and cut it in half
- Pour the Blutul and the Venezzio into the glass
- Complete with at least 3 cl. sodawater. Use more sodawater if you want the drink to be milder.
- You can also crush the slice of orange in the glass firtst. That makes the AmericaNO slightly sweeter, but for our taste, the cocktail is already sweet enough.