A classic Italian cocktail that inspired the Negroni, the Americano was first served in the 1860s, in a Campari bar in Milan. Many years later, when the United States had enforced Prohibtion, Europe was inundated with Americans travelling overseas longing for a tipple.
The combination of Campari and sweet vermouth lengthened with soda water became universally popular with this new breed of tourist and locals started referring to the drink as an Americano. Interestingly the Americano is the very first cocktail James Bond ever orders, featuring in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.
A smooth, slightly tart drink, the Americano has spawned many twists including drinks with grapefruit soda and most famously the Negroni which adds gin and takes away the soda. Made to the original recipe it's low in alcohol making it perfect for those drinkers who want to slow down and take it easy on a night out.
Any good cocktail bar should be able to knock you up a well-made Americano, they'll nedd to have Campari, a sweet vermouth such as Martini Rosso, Cocchi, Dolin or Regal Rouge, and soda water (which are all staples of any decent bar).
Or make it yourself. Here's how: