By Antoine du Rocher
NEW YORK, 8 FEBRUARY 2008 First
served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Café Campari in the 1860s, it was
originally known as the "Milano - Torino" - Campari, the bitters from
Milano and Cinzano, the sweet vermouth, from Torino. During Prohibition,
the Italians noticed a surge of American tourists who enjoyed this drink.
As a compliment to their visitors, the drink became known as the
The urbane and unflappable British Secret Service
operative James Bond orders an Americano cocktail in Ian Fleming's first
novel Casino Royale.
In France, the Americano was a popular cocktail of the
Parisian bourgeoisie and professional classes à l'heure de
l'apéritif. Moreover, until the early 1980s, it was considered good
manners to order "un Américano" as a compliment to American visitors when
joining them for drinks at a café, or as an apéritif if they were guests
at a favourite restaurant in the French capital.
In view of the current American and European
enthusiasm for the distinguished candidacy of Senator Barack Obama for the
presidency of the United States, it is probable that this crisp,
refreshing and palate-opening apéritif will once again be in vogue
throughout the European Union.
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Cinzano Rosso
Splash of Club Soda
Pour Campari and Cinzano Rosso
Vermouth over ice in a rocks or highball glass.
Add a splash of
Garnish with an orange twist.
Antoine du Rocher is managing editor of
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