Campari and vermouth are the elemental components of an Americano. The recipe for the Americano dates back to at least 1861, when it was served at Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milan, a meeting place over the years for a variety of celebrities, from Giuseppe Verdi to Ernest Hemingway. It wasn’t until Prohibition, with Americans flocking to Italy for a temporary reprieve, that the drink found favor with the visitors and was dubbed the Americano or the American Highball. Since the extremely bitter Campari was classified as a medicinal product in the United States, Americans took the recipe home, legally indulging throughout Prohibition. Occasionally referred to as a neutered Negroni, the Americano has found its admirers in the oddest places. In A View to a Kill, Ian Fleming writes, “No, in cafés you have to drink the least offensive of the musical comedy drinks that go with them, and Bond always had the same thing, an Americano.”
- 1Pour the Campari and vermouth over ice in a glass; then fill with club soda. Garnish with a slice of orange, lemon, or lime.
This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.
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