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Hidden Cocktails: The Americano

The epitome of a classic cocktail

With the huge number of cocktails out in the world, it’s not surprising that a few fall through the cracks. There are hidden gems in those lost cocktails, delicious drinks that everybody would probably enjoy. This week we’re focusing on The Americano


This drink was created in the 1860’s at Cafe Camparino in Italy. It was originally named “Milano-Torino,” but due to its popularity with ex-pats in the area, it was renamed. Today it’s a cocktail that everybody can enjoy (James Bond even savors one in Casino Royale!).



  • 1 1/2 ounces of Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounces of sweet vermouth
  • Soda water
  • Orange slices


  1. Fill a glass with ice (preferably a highball glass)
  2. Add Campari and vermouth
  3. Top the glass off with soda water (make sure not to exceed the 1:1:2 ratio though)
  4. Garnish with the orange slice


What do you think of The Americano? Let us know on social media or in the comments!

Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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