|IBA official cocktail|
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||On the rocks; poured over ice|
|Standard garnish||half an orange slice, lemon twist|
|Standard drinkware||highball glass|
|Preparation||Pour the Campari and vermouth over ice into a highball glass, add a splash of soda water and garnish with half orange slice and a lemon twist.|
|Americano recipe at International Bartenders Association|
The Americano is an IBA official cocktail composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the "Milano-Torino" because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan (Milano) and Punt e Mes, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino). The name of the drink is an homage to Primo Carnera, who was the first Italian boxer (and the first non-American) to win the world heavyweight championship in the U.S.A.
In popular culture
It is the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first novel in Ian Fleming's series, Casino Royale. In the short story "From a View to a Kill" Bond chooses an Americano as an appropriate drink for a mere café; suggesting that "in cafés you have to drink the least offensive of the musical comedy drinks that go with them." Bond always stipulates Perrier, for in his opinion expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.
It is the preferred drink of Kriminalkomissar Gereon Rath in Der Nasse Fisch, the first book of the eponymous criminal novel series set in Berlin in the late 1920s.
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