Saturday, June 4, 2016

Classic Cocktail: The Americano


This is an unsung hero for so many reasons. It's easy to make. I mean it's EASY. Light, refreshing, and low in alcohol. It's a patio drink, but a classy patio drink. Great before a meal without putting you under the table if you're also going to be drinking a lot of wine with dinner. And of course, you have plenty of choices if you don't feel like using Campari or sweet vermouth. Both the classic and a little twist on it are below. 

-Americano-


1.5 oz Campari or similar
1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
Seltzer water to top

Build in a collins glass, add ice, top with seltzer and garnish with a nice big wheel of orange. 



-Americano Bianco-


1.25 oz Campari

1 oz Carpano Bianco
Seltzer water to top

Build in a collins glass, add ice, top with seltzer and garnish with a nice big wheel of orange. 

**A note on presentation. When you add the seltzer water, it's going to rest on top of your other ingredients, creating a dramatic effect. If you choose to leave it this way when serving, you'll need to remind your guests that they need to stir the drink so that it's integrated before consuming. Otherwise, stir before adding the garnish.

1 comment:

  1. Note: when Nat says 'stir,' she means 'stir,' not 'moosh the ice down in the glass for a second with your finger,' because then the stuff totally stays separated, which you will discover for sure when you get to the bottom half and feel compelled to add more seltzer. Still excellent even with that mistake, though.

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