Preptime: 1 minutes

Servings: 1

The Americano is a very interesting highball serve. The classic Italian aperitivo cocktail typically consists of equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. Just like the negroni, it is a variation of the Milano-Torino cocktail, which gets its name from the two main ingredients. Campari, a bitter liqueur, was created in Milan, while sweet vermouth, a fortified wine, was produced in Turin. The drink gained popularity among American tourists during Prohibition when they would order it in bars across Europe as a substitute for the unavailable American cocktails. Legend has it they could not stomach the bitterness of the Milano-Torino and asked to have it topped with soda, hence, the Americano.


  • Highball Glass
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup / Jigger


  • 3 cl Campari
  • 3 cl Sweet Vermouth
  • Club Soda
  1. Fill a higball with ice
  2. Pour 3 cl Campari (Italian bitters)
  3. Add 3 cl Sweet Vermouth
  4. Top with club soda
  5. Stir
  6. Garnish with an orange slice

Italian Aperitivo

The Americano Aperitivo cocktail has a rich history dating back to the 1860s in Italy, where it was originally known as the "Milano-Torino" due to the origins of its two main ingredients. The Americano is similar to the Negroni cocktail, but instead of gin, the Americano uses club soda, which gives it a lighter and more refreshing taste. Both are Italian aperitif cocktails deriving from the Milano Turino. The drink is usually served over ice in a rocks glass with a twist of orange peel. It's a popular aperitif drink that is perfect to enjoy before a meal to stimulate the appetite. The Americano cocktail has a bitter yet sweet taste that is favored by many cocktail enthusiasts.

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