April 25, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. vermouth rosso (or other vermouth)
Lemon and orange twists
Pour over ice into an aperitif glass and garnish with lemon and orange twists. (May be filled with some club soda.)
I took a sip of this first without the soda. Not bad, but definitely better with the soda. Campari has great cherry and grapefruit notes with some pleasantly bitter undertones. The vermouth rosso feathers in with complimentary stone fruit and floral flavors. I found the drink to be just a bit too sweet for my taste, but not unpleasant at all.
The Americano cocktail has a great history behind it. Originally created by Italian Gaspare Campari in the 1860s and served at his eponymous Caffè Campari, the drink was originally known as the “Milano-Torino”; Campari is from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, is from Torino. Popular belief has the name change occurring in the early 1900s when the Italians noticed a surge in Americans who enjoyed the drink.
The Americano is also the first drink ordered by that iconic cocktail drinker, James Bond, in Casino Royale, the first of the series. In a later novel, Bond orders the drink in a café and suggests that “in cafés you have to drink the least offensive of the musical comedy drinks that go with them.” Musical comedy drinks… ha!
It was great to have my parents join us tonight! They both ordered an Americano and enjoyed it.