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- 1 ounce Cinzano vermouth
- 1 ounce Campari
- Orange twist
- Lemon twist
|As with many great cocktails there is always a story or legend that tells us how this great drink was born. This cocktail was invented in Caffè Campari in Milan by owner Gaspare Campari in the 1860's. What many don't know is that this cocktail was originally called the Milano-Torino. This is an odd name for the drink, but it was called that because it used Campari, which is from Milano (Milan) and Cinzano vermouth, which is from Torino (Turin). The name did not get changed to the Americano until the early part of the 20th century. During this period the Milano-Torino became a popular drink amongst the Americans visiting Italy. In fact it was so popular that the Italians started to refer to the drink as the Americano.
Pour the Campari and Cinzano into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with the orange and lemon twist. There is also a recipe for an Americano Highball. This recipe uses the same ingredients and adds a splash of soda water to the mixture.
Here is a little trivia for you. In the novel Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming, the first drink James Bond asks for is an Americano.
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