The Americano is a classic cocktail that offers a delightful blend of bitterness, sweetness, and effervescence. Originally known as the “Milano-Torino” due to its ingredients hailing from Milan (Campari) and Turin (sweet vermouth), the drink was later renamed in honor of its popularity among American tourists in Italy. The Americano is a refreshing aperitif, perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon or as a pre-dinner drink to stimulate the appetite.


  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Club soda, to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Fill the Glass: Fill a highball glass or an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add Ingredients: Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth over the ice.
  3. Top with Club Soda: Top up the glass with club soda, gently stirring to combine the flavors without dissipating the carbonation.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with an orange slice or a lemon twist.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy the balanced, refreshing taste of the Americano cocktail.

Optional Variations:

  • For a slightly different flavor profile, experiment with different brands of sweet vermouth.
  • Adjust the amount of club soda to suit your preference for dilution and fizziness.


  • The key to a great Americano is the balance between the bitterness of the Campari, the sweetness of the vermouth, and the effervescence of the club soda. Feel free to adjust the proportions slightly to find your perfect balance.
  • Use high-quality ice to avoid diluting the drink too quickly.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Americano cocktail is a testament to the simplicity and elegance of Italian aperitifs. Its refreshing and sophisticated flavor profile makes it an enduring favorite for cocktail enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Enjoy this timeless classic as a perfect introduction to your culinary evening or as a relaxing drink at any time.

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