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Americano Cocktail

It was first created in Caffé Campari around 1860, and it celebrates the success of the Italian boxer Primo Carnera, who was the first non-American to win the world heavyweight championship in the United States. It produces a somewhat dry and bitter flavour that's evened out by the splash of soda water and sweet vermouth, yet it's still a drink that's primarily for Campari enthusiasts.

Americano Cocktail


  • An Old Fashioned glass
  • 1 single shot of Campari
  • 1 single shot of Martini Rosso red vermouth
  • Soda water to taste
  • Ice
  • Orange to garnish

How to serve it

  • Fill the Old Fashioned glass with ice.
  • Pour the Campari and red vermouth over the ice.
  • Add a splash of soda water and stir gently.
  • Add the garnish and serve.

If you substitute the soda water for a shot of Gordon's London gin, you get a Negroni, and a Boulevardier substitutes a shot of whisky instead of the soda water. Changing the amount of soda water gives a weaker or stronger drink as required, and pouring it into a cocktail shaker and shaking has a similar effect.