The cocktail is an art form that peaked in the middle of the 20th century and has been in rapid decline since. As a young lad, I was schooled in the fine art of cocktailing by my father and grandfathers, I learned many valuable lessons that I plan to pass on. I also want to resurrect some of the old classics that vastly surpass the sugary & fruity concoctions made today with their simplicity, elegance and bold flavors. Most of the time I will focus on one drink, and to provide, at least in my opinion, the definitive recipe, but hope to expand to other related topics as I see fit. Please mix yourself a cocktail, read, drink, and enjoy!

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Americano

Arriving on time to a birthday dinner Saturday night, I was of course the first one there so instead of sitting alone at a large table, I found my way to the bar. The establishment is one of the better restaurants in the city and serves very good Tuscan cuisine. I took a quick look at their wine list and drink menu, sitting at the very top was one of the simplest yet unique drinks that is in my usual summer rotation, the Americano.

What I really love about this drink is how easy it is to make, how well the flavors blend together, and that I can drink them by the gallon without falling over! What can be simpler than equal parts Campari and Sweet Vermouth served over ice? I find no garnish necessary, but an orange slice makes a nice accompaniment. The bitter flavor of the Campari really stands out so feel free to adjust the ratio if you like a sweater drink. This can also be mixed in a Collins glass and topped with club soda for a very refreshing summer drink.

Americano
2 oz campari
2 oz sweet vermouth
Pour the both ingredients into an ice filled glass and garnish with a slice of orange.

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