Today, Amaro’s are all the rage. These bitter sweet liqueurs are proprietary recipes of fruits and herbs steeped in wine or various alcohol bases, each unique and individual as the producers who create them. Amaro’s are made to be sipped as an aperitif before dinner or as a digestif to settle the stomach after a meal depending on the style. Now some may say that they do not like bitter but consider what the taste of your coffee, chocolate or beer would be without the taste of bitter?
So today being Memorial Day Monday we share with you a classic aptly named, “The Americano”. It is a lower alcohol cocktail to add to your summer drinking list and perfect for the last day of the holiday weekend when one has to go back to work the following day.
Invented in the late 19th century at Caffè Campari in Milan, the Americano started its life as the “Milano-Torino” Cocktail (Campari being from Milan and Cinzano from Torino). It is a light, bitter-sweet cocktail that cools, refreshes and stimulates ones appetite for food and life. During prohibition American tourists took favor of the cocktail and it was eventually renamed the Americano. Salute!
In an Old Fashioned Glass Filled with Ice*
- 1 Ounce Campari
- 1 Ounce of Cinzano, Sweet Vermouth
- Top with Club Soda
- Garnish with an Orange Slice
*We actually prefer ours in a slightly taller glass.