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Americano Cocktail

Americano cocktail

Americano Cocktail

The Americano Cocktail was invented by Gaspare Campari and first served in his bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of the origin of its ingredients.   

Its renaming as the “Americano” is generally believed to have happened in the early 1900s to reflect its popularity with American visitors to Milan.   However, another explanation is that “Americano” was derived from the Italian language word “amaro”, which means “bitter”.

The Americano is closely related to the Negroni cocktail, invented by Count Negroni in 1919.


40 ml Campari
80 ml sweet vermouth
soda water
lemon slice or strip of lemon peel to garnish


Stir together the Campari, vermouth and ice in a rocks or tall glass.
Add soda water to taste.
Decorate with the lemon slice or lemon peel.

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