Sunday, October 23, 2011

Campari Americano for Those Who Are Interested

In the movie "The Tourist" the waiter asks Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp if they would like another drink.  Because of his Italian accent, I couldn't make out what he was offering them.  However after much searching it turns out it's a Campari Americano.  You're welcome. 
The Americano is a drink invented to offset the slightly bitter taste of Campari. It was first served in the 1860's at Garspare Campari's bar in Milan, Italy and called the Milano-Torino because of the origins of its ingredients, but was later renamed because of its popularity amongst American tourists during Prohibition.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • club soda
  • lemon twist or orange slice for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Build with the Campari and vermouth.
  3. Top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with the lemon twist or orange slice.
Enjoy.

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