Picture of Americano

  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1 tsp Club Soda
  • 1 Orange Slice

Glass: Collins Glass

Shake Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda together with ice. Pour into a Collins glass with ice. Garnish and serve.


The effervescent yet bitter Americano makes for the perfect apéritif since it's not particularly high in alcohol, but contains potent flavors that really stimulate the palate. Some prefer to leave out the club soda, while most prefer to add more to taste. If you enjoy the Americano, be sure to try the Negroni which uses gin instead of soda.

This cocktail was created in the 1860s in Italy and was originally named the Milano-Torino because it was made with the bitter red liqueur Campari, which comes from Milan, and the red vermouth (in this case, Cinzano) which comes from Turin. Bartenders noticed that the drink was particularly popular with visiting Americans, so they renamed it the Americano, and the name stuck.