Americano Cocktail


* 1 1/2 ounces Campari
* 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
* Club soda

Pour the Campari and vermouth into an ice-filled highball glass and fill with club soda. Sip and enjoy.

I used Carpano Antica here but according to Wikipedia Cinzano sweet vermouth would be historically accurate, as:

It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino).

I don’t know how accurate that Wikipedia article is, however, as it places the drink’s creation in the 1860s which is around 30 years earlier than the dates I get from Dale Degroff and Gary Regan. But at this point, over 100 years later, it doesn’t really matter.

I paired this with a zucchini and white bean pizza we made for dinner. Sarai doesn’t care for these but I was able to keep with the theme by making her an Italian Greyhound, a drink we often get at a local bar here, which is just a standard greyhound with the addition of a splash of Campari.

Italian Greyhound

* 1 1/2 ounces vodka
* 1/2 ounce Campari
* Fresh grapefruit juice

Pour vodka and Campari into an ice-filled collins glass and fill with grapefruit juice.

Our proportions were a bit different than usual due to our only having one grapefruit on hand, and not a very juicy one at that, but even a small amount of grapefruit does wonders to cut the bitterness of Campari for those who don’t care for it.

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At my favourite cocktai bar/patisserie in Milan (“Cucchi”, located in Corso Genova 1, Milano, Italy) the Milano-Torino is still served as such.
It is made not with Cinzano however, but with Punt e Mes (also from Turin). Hence, the proper Milano-Torino – assuming Cucchi gets the spirits right! – should be Campari and Punt e Mes.
Next time you’re in Milan, just wander there and ask for a Milano-Torino: you won’t be met by a blank stare, but served a nice aperitivo indeed!
Salute (“Cheers”)!

Kenn |

Grazie, Marco. I probably won’t be back there any time soon but a friend of mine is going to Milano in just a couple weeks, so I’ll pass that along. I haven’t tried making these with Punt e Mes but I’ll be sure to next time.

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