Legend has it that in 1919 Florence, Italy, Count Camillo Negroni asked bartender Forsco Scarsello to replace the soda water in his Americano with gin. An orange garnish was added, creating the first known Negroni.
Nowadays you rarely see an Americano on a cocktail menu or hear someone order the drink at a bar. When you hear “Americano”, does coffee come to mind? So, what is an Americano cocktail?
Quite simply, an Americano is composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water – garnished with a slice of lemon. The Americano was created in Italy and was originally called Milano-Torino, but because of its popularity among American tourists, the cocktail was renamed.
The Americano also makes appearances as a beverage of choice by Bond, James Bond, himself.
We prefer our cocktail with gin, over ice, stirred, not shaken.