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, lemon twist
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball 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 and a lemon twist.
TimingBefore dinner
dagger Americano recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Americano is an IBA official cocktail[1] composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and for the sparkling version, club soda.[2] 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).

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."[3] 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.

See also[edit]


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