Americano Cocktail Drink

Americano Cocktail

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for a tried-and-true drink? The Americano cocktail recipe is your answer. Using everyday ingredients, you can make this delightful cocktail effortlessly.

Americano cocktail Recipe

Discover the taste of this Americano Cocktail recipe! Using Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda, it's the perfect sip for relaxation.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

123 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • Soda water, to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Campari: Pour 1 oz Campari over the ice.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1 oz sweet Vermouth into the glass.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange slice or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: Only some enjoy the bitterness of Campari. I've often swapped it out for Aperol, which offers a sweeter, less bitter profile. If you're looking for something different, try Gran Classico, which has a more complex, herbal flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can work if you're out of sweet vermouth. Remember to add a dash of simple syrup to counteract the dryness. Another option is Lillet Blanc, which gives the drink a slightly different but delightful character.

Making a Pitcher of Americano:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, use 8 oz of Campari, 8 oz of sweet vermouth, and soda water to top up each glass.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Highball glasses, top up with soda water, garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version, use a simple syrup infused with orange peel, a hint of grapefruit juice, and gentian for bitterness.
  • Sweet Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth or for a grape juice infused with nutmeg, cardamon, cloves, and vanilla. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a delightful non-alcoholic Americano.

Making it Vegan:

Most versions of bitter and vermouth are vegan-friendly. However, always check the labels or contact the manufacturer for more clarification. Some vermouths might use animal-derived fining agents. For a guaranteed vegan sweet vermouth, brands like Dolin and Noilly Prat have vegan options. Always ensure your soda water and any other additions are vegan-friendly as well.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
123
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
53
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Potassium
 
32
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Americano Cocktail Drink

Americano cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Discover the taste of this Americano Cocktail recipe! Using Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda, it's the perfect sip for relaxation.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 123

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • Soda water - to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Campari: Pour 1 oz Campari over the ice.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1 oz sweet Vermouth into the glass.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange slice or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: Only some enjoy the bitterness of Campari. I've often swapped it out for Aperol, which offers a sweeter, less bitter profile. If you're looking for something different, try Gran Classico, which has a more complex, herbal flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can work if you're out of sweet vermouth. Remember to add a dash of simple syrup to counteract the dryness. Another option is Lillet Blanc, which gives the drink a slightly different but delightful character.

Making a Pitcher of Americano:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, use 8 oz of Campari, 8 oz of sweet vermouth, and soda water to top up each glass.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Highball glasses, top up with soda water, garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version, use a simple syrup infused with orange peel, a hint of grapefruit juice, and gentian for bitterness.
  • Sweet Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth or for a grape juice infused with nutmeg, cardamon, cloves, and vanilla. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps for a delightful non-alcoholic Americano.

Making it Vegan:

Most versions of bitter and vermouth are vegan-friendly. However, always check the labels or contact the manufacturer for more clarification. Some vermouths might use animal-derived fining agents. For a guaranteed vegan sweet vermouth, brands like Dolin and Noilly Prat have vegan options. Always ensure your soda water and any other additions are vegan-friendly as well.

What is an Americano Cocktail?

An Americano cocktail combines Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water. Many consider it a precursor to the more widely known Negroni, minus the gin. The Americano holds its own with a balance of bitter and sweet, making it a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts. This cocktail is officially recognized by the International Bartender Association(IBA).

A side shot of an Americano cocktail in a highball glass on a wooden board placed on a white table surrounded by five oranges, a shaker, and a bar spoon.

What is an Americano Cocktail made of – The ingredients

For your Americano Cocktail you will need these ingredients:

  • Campari: A bitter liqueur that provides the drink’s signature red hue and a distinct bitter flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: A fortified wine that adds depth and sweetness, balancing the bitterness of the Campari.
  • Soda Water: Adds effervescence and dilution, lightening the cocktail and making it more refreshing.

Campari, sweet Vermouth and soda water laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make an Americano Cocktail?

Let us help you make the best Americano Cocktail with our simple guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to chill the glass and keep the cocktail cold.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to chill the glass and keep the cocktail cold.

2
<p>Pour Campari into the glass, introducing the cocktail’s signature bitterness and vibrant color.</p>

Pour Campari into the glass, introducing the cocktail’s signature bitterness and vibrant color.

3
<p>Add sweet vermouth, balancing the Campari’s bitterness with its sweet and herbal notes.</p>

Add sweet vermouth, balancing the Campari’s bitterness with its sweet and herbal notes.

4
<p>Top the mixture with soda water, giving the drink its characteristic effervescence and lightness.</p>

Top the mixture with soda water, giving the drink its characteristic effervescence and lightness.

5
<p>Give the cocktail a gentle stir to ensure the ingredients mix well.</p>

Give the cocktail a gentle stir to ensure the ingredients mix well.

6
<p>Optionally, garnish with an orange slice or twist to add a citrusy aroma and a touch of elegance.</p>

Optionally, garnish with an orange slice or twist to add a citrusy aroma and a touch of elegance.

7
<p>Enjoy your Americano cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Americano cocktail!

White Americano Cocktail – Americano Bianco

A white Americano is a variation of the classic Americano cocktail. Instead of the traditional Campari and sweet vermouth, it uses white counterparts like Bianco Vermouth and a white bitter liqueur. The result is a lighter and often more citrus-forward profile than classic Americano. The drink still balances bitter and sweet flavors but presents them more delicately.

More Variations on the beloved Campari drink

Want something close yet different? We recommend one of these three drinks:

  • Milano Torino: Combining sweet vermouth and Campari in equal measures, it strikes a balance between herbal bitterness and sweetness. The distinct bitterness of Campari melds with the aromatic complexity of sweet vermouth. The simplicity of this mix appeals to me; it’s both uncomplicated and elegant, ideal for unwinding.
  • Negroni Sbagliato: A playful twist on the classic, sparkling prosecco replaces gin, introducing a bubbly and lighter touch. The effervescence of prosecco softens the Campari’s bitterness and the vermouth’s sweetness, creating a celebratory and refreshing character. The bubbly aspect captivates me, adding a festive and uplifting vibe, perfect for special occasions.
  • Boulevardier: Bourbon meets sweet vermouth and Campari in this concoction, where the bourbon’s warmth and notes of vanilla and oak contrast with the herbal bitterness of Campari and the sweet aromatics of vermouth. This combination of bourbon’s richness with the other flavors offers a robust and deeply gratifying experience.

An Americano cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a wooden board placed on a white table surrounded by a bar spoon and three oranges.

History and Origins of the Americano Cocktail

The Americano cocktail has a rich history that intertwines with the evolution of global cocktail culture. Its roots trace back to the 19th century in Italy. The drink is a spin on a  “Milano-Torino”,  a famous cocktail named after its primary ingredients: Campari from Milan and sweet vermouth from Turin.

The name change to “Americano” is a nod to its popularity among American tourists during the early 1900s. These tourists visiting Italy during Prohibition in the United States particularly liked the cocktail. They appreciated its refreshing nature and the fact that it was less potent than straight spirits, making it a perfect daytime drink.

Over time, the Americano set the stage for other iconic cocktails. For instance, when you replace soda with gin in an Americano, you get a Negroni.

A side shot of an Americano cocktail in a highball glass on a wooden board placed on a white table surrounded by four oranges, a shaker, a bar spoon and a plant.

What is the difference between a Negroni, a Manhattan, and an Americano Cocktail?

The Negroni, Manhattan, and Americano are all iconic cocktails, but they have distinct characteristics that set them apart:

  1. The base spirit differs among the three. A Negroni uses gin, a Manhattan relies on whiskey (usually rye or bourbon), and an Americano doesn’t have a strong spirit, focusing instead on Campari and vermouth.
  2. While both the Negroni and Americano feature Campari, the Manhattan does not. Instead, Manhattan gets its unique flavor from whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters.
  3. The Americano stands out for its lightness and effervescence, achieved by topping the drink with soda water. Neither the Negroni nor the Manhattan includes soda.
  4. In terms of glassware, a Manhattan is typically served in a cocktail glass. In contrast, the Negroni and Americano are often served over ice, with the former in an Old Fashioned glass and the latter in a highball.
  5. Origin stories vary: the Negroni traces its roots to Italy, inspired by Count Camillo Negroni. The Manhattan, as its name suggests, hails from New York. The Americano, with its Italian ingredients, pays homage to its popularity among American tourists in Italy.
  6. The Manhattan’s flavor profile leans towards the warm and slightly sweet notes of whiskey, contrasted by the herbal touch of vermouth and the bitters’ spice. On the other hand, the Negroni and Americano play on the balance between the bitterness of Campari and the sweetness of vermouth.

An Americano cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on white marmol table surrounded by Campari, sweet Vermouth and soda water.

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Americano Cocktail?
Typically, an Americano contains around 120-150 calories, but this can vary based on the specific ingredients and their quantities.
How strong is the Americano Cocktail in terms of ABV and proof?
The Americano usually has an ABV of about 12-15%, translating to 24-30 proof, depending on the brands of bitter and vermouth.
What type of alcohol is used in the Americano Cocktail?
The Americano primarily uses Campari and sweet vermouth.
In which glass is the Americano typically served?
The Americano is traditionally served in a highball glass.
What does the Americano Cocktail taste like?
The Americano offers a balanced taste with bitterness from the Campari and sweetness from the vermouth, complemented by the effervescence of soda water.
What is the typical ratio of ingredients in an Americano?
The classic ratio equals Campari and sweet vermouth, topped with soda water.
How is the Americano served in terms of ice and presentation?
The Americano is usually served over ice, often called "on the rocks".

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