Americano Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Americano cocktail has its roots in the 19th century, when it was first created in Italy. It is believed to have been named after the American tourists who frequented the bars and cafes of Milan and enjoyed this refreshing drink. The Americano is a classic aperitif, perfect for enjoying before a meal to stimulate the appetite.

  • Originally known as the 'Milano-Torino' due to its combination of Campari from Milan and sweet vermouth from Turin
  • Became popular with American tourists during Prohibition, hence the name 'Americano'
  • The Americano is also the base for the famous Negroni cocktail, which adds gin to the mix

How Americano Tastes?

The Americano has a complex and bittersweet taste, with herbal and citrus notes. It is refreshing, slightly bitter, and mildly sweet, making it a perfect balance of flavors.

Interesting facts about Americano

  • The Americano is often served as an aperitif, meaning it is consumed before a meal to stimulate the appetite
  • The Americano is considered a classic cocktail and is listed in the International Bartenders Association's official list of cocktails
  • The Americano is the first cocktail ordered by James Bond in Ian Fleming's 007 series, in the novel 'Casino Royale'



Campari is the heart of the Americano, delivering its signature bitter kick. If it's your first time, this ruby-red aperitif might make you pucker, but it's essential for that classic flavor. Too much can overpower the drink, too little and you miss the point.

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Sweet Vermouth

Sweet Vermouth mellows out Campari's fiery spirit. It's like the yin to Campari's yang, creating harmony in your glass. Skimp on it and your Americano might get a bit too feisty; drown your drink in it and you'll be sipping syrup.

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Club Soda

Club Soda is the peacemaker, adding fizz and lightness that makes the Americano a refreshing sipper rather than a heavyweight puncher. No club soda? Prepare for an intensity standoff between Campari and vermouth!

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Orange Slice

An Orange Slice brings a sunny disposition to the ensemble. Its citrusy smile brightens up the bitter and sweet, adding a fresh zesty note. Leave it out, and you'll deny your Americano a bit of that je ne sais quoi.

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The garnish is like the perfect hat. It doesn't just look good; it smells good too, adding an extra olfactory dimension to your drink. No garnish? Like going out without your shoes; something essential is missing!

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Recipe. How to make Americano Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add 1 oz of Campari
  3. Add 1 oz of sweet vermouth
  4. Top with 2 oz of club soda
  5. Gently stir to combine
  6. Garnish with an orange slice

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh ice to ensure the cocktail stays cold without diluting too quickly
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients without losing the carbonation of the club soda
  • Use a fresh orange slice for garnish to add a burst of citrus flavor

Perfect Pairings

Classic Italian Fare

  • Antipasto: An Americano has bittersweet notes that can cut through the richness of cured meats and cheeses.
  • Pizza: Opt for a Margherita or a pizza with arugula; the herbal notes will complement the vermouth.

Light Bites

  • Bruschetta: The fresh tomato and basil are a great match for the Americano's brightness.
  • Olives: The cocktail's bitterness pairs nicely with the saltiness of green olives.


  • Grilled Shrimp: The char from grilling and the sweetness of shrimp balance the bitter and sweet flavors in the cocktail.


  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of high-quality dark chocolate alongside an Americano can be a divine pairing, as bitter loves bitter.

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What you could change in Americano

  • Campari: Can be substituted with another bitter aperitif like Aperol, but it will change the taste profile
  • Sweet Vermouth: Can be substituted with dry vermouth for a less sweet cocktail
  • Club Soda: Can be substituted with tonic water for a different twist

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Spicy Americano

Add a slice of jalapeño to the glass before adding ice, giving the cocktail a fiery twist. The subtle heat brings a new dimension to the bittersweet classic, creating a dance of flavors that's perfect for those who like a little kick.

Italian Soda Americano

Swap out the club soda for an Italian soda like San Pellegrino Aranciata. It turns the drink into a sweet, bubbly citrus treat that's less about the bitter and more about the fun.

Americano on the Rocks

Ditch the club soda and serve the Campari and sweet vermouth over ice, perhaps with a splash of grapefruit juice. This makes for a stiffer, fruitier sip, not for the faint of heart but perfect for the bold flavor adventurer.

In case you forgot basics how to make Americano

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Americano

What glass is best for serving an Americano?

Although the Americano can be served in various glasses, it is typically served in a short tumbler, also known as a rocks or old-fashioned glass.

How can the taste of the Americano be described?

The Americano has a unique, slightly bitter taste, due to the Campari. It's also a bit sweet from the vermouth, and topped off with a refreshing touch from the club soda and orange garnish.

Can I add different garnishes to my Americano?

Yes, you can twist with various garnishes. While an orange slice is traditional, you might also try adding an olive or a lemon twist.

Can the Americano be made without alcohol?

While the Americano is usually made with Campari and Sweet Vermouth, both alcoholic, there are non-alcoholic versions available. Non-alcoholic aperitifs can be used instead.

In what occasions is an Americano cocktail suitable to serve?

The Americano cocktail is a classic aperitif, ideal to be served as a pre-dinner drink during cocktail hour. It's also excellent for receptions, garden parties or casual gatherings, due to its refreshing and light character.

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