Americano Cocktail

The Americano cocktail is a classic Italian aperitif, known for its bittersweet and refreshing flavor. It was first served in the 1860s at Gaspare Campari’s bar, Caffè Campari, in Milan. This light and bubbly drink is perfect for pre-dinner sipping.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz Soda water
  • Ice
  • Orange slice (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Glass:
    • Fill a rocks glass (or highball glass) with ice.
  2. Mix the Ingredients:
    • Pour 1 oz of Campari and 1 oz of sweet vermouth into the glass.
  3. Add Soda Water:
    • Top with 2 oz of soda water.
  4. Garnish and Serve:
    • Stir gently to combine.
    • Garnish with an orange slice.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing Americano cocktail.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Appetizer Pairings: Pair with antipasto platters featuring cured meats and cheeses, or with light bites like bruschetta.
  • Occasions: Ideal for cocktail hour, garden parties, or casual gatherings.

Cooking Tips:

  • Fresh Orange: Use a fresh orange slice for garnish to add a burst of citrus flavor.
  • Stirring: Stir gently to combine the ingredients without losing the carbonation of the soda water.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 185

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Easy to Make: Requires only a few ingredients and minimal preparation.
  • Delicious and Refreshing: The combination of Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water creates a bittersweet, fizzy drink.
  • Versatile: Suitable for various occasions and pairs well with a range of appetizers.


The Americano cocktail is a simple yet sophisticated drink that offers a perfect balance of bitterness from the Campari, sweetness from the vermouth, and a refreshing fizz from the soda water. It’s a delightful aperitif that is sure to impress your guests.

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