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Americano

Posted by Reese on 2009-06-28 @ 09:57pm

As this week ends with the US’s Independence Day, the Fourth of July, it seems only fitting that I pick a cocktail that would fit the theme.  I took a quick peek through my books thinking I would easily find a cocktail called something like the Independence or Independence Day, but alas I did not.  I have no doubt one exists, but I was looking for a classic.  Then I remembered something I found when I was investigating the Negroni.  If you remember, the Negroni was created as a spin off of an existing cocktail, the Americano.  I’m an Americano!  Perfect!

The Americano is the result of an Italian bartender trying to create an American style cocktail sometime in the late 1800s.  Gary Regan mentions that the first printing of the recipe was in 1937 in WJ Tarling’s Cafe Royal Cocktail Book.  I’m excited for this week.  The Americano looks like a boldly flavored cocktail that is still on the lighter side.  Should be a tasty adventure!

Americano (Joy of Mixology)
1 1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 oz Club Soda
Orange Twist for Garnish
1) Build in an ice filled highball glass
2) Garnish with an orange twist