The Americano is a cocktail that’s over 100 years old, a bitter and cool Italian drink that is the very first cocktail that was ordered in a James Bond novel (Casino Royale, 1953). It’s a simple recipe and a refreshing soda that’s great to drink outside on a warm day, and is very low-alcohol. Here’s the recipe:
There are several cocktails I’ve run across that use the Negroni formula, which is 1:1:1 of vermouth, liquor, and amaro. There’s the Boulevardier, which uses bourbon, or the Old Pal, which gets rye in the mix. Well, here’s another take on that 1:1:1 mix that uses a different amaro (and one I’m pretty fond of): Cynar. Give it a name based on the Italian toast “cin cin,” (pronounced chin chin) and guzzle it down!
- 1 oz Cynar
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- dash of bitters
- shake and serve in a chilled cocktail glass
- thin orange slice garnish