Americano (cocktail)

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IBA official cocktail
Americano cocktail at Nightwood Restaurant.jpg
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnishhalf an orange slice
Standard drinkwarehighball glass
IBA specified
PreparationPour the Campari and vermouth over ice into a highball glass, add a splash of soda water and garnish with half orange slice.
TimingBefore dinner
dagger Americano recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Americano is an IBA official cocktail[1] 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[edit]

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."[2] Bond always stipulates Perrier, for in his opinion expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Unforgettables". International Bartenders Association. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ Fleming, Ian. "From a View to a Kill" in The Complete James Bond Short Stories. New York, 2004.