The Americano is an Italian drink named for its popularity with American expats during Prohibition.
Happy winter solstice, cats and kittens! Today is not only the shortest day of the year, but the official beginning of winter. But perhaps you're missing the brightness of summer. There's a cocktail for that.
I, an American, like a lot of things about this particular drink. I like that it isn’t super high-proof, thanks to a lot of vermouth and sparkling water. I like that it contains Campari. I like that it’s red.
Like most of my favourite cocktails, it’s bittersweet, easy to make and drink, and only three ingredients. Since vermouth is one of those three, make sure you pick a good one, such as Carpano Antica Formula. To make it, you will need:
- 45ml Campari
- 45ml sweet vermouth
- 60-90ml of sparkling water
Pour the first two ingredients into a lowball with ice and gently stir. Top with sparkling water, taking care not to exceed a ratio of 1:1:2 (so no more than three ounces), and enjoy.