Drink of the Month - April 2010
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No, not coffee. The original "Americano"
has some history that I will quiz Aidan on! He may not admit it, but I have
beaten him on more than one occasion at "007 Scene It".
According to Wikipedia:
Americano is a cocktail composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club
soda. The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Cafe
Campari, in the 1860s. 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). In the early 1900s, the
Italians noticed a surge of Americans who enjoyed the cocktail. As a
compliment to the Americans, the cocktail later became known as the
"Americano". It is the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first novel
in Ian Fleming's series, Casino Royale. In the short story "From a
View to a Kill" Bond chooses an Americano as an appropriate drink for a mere
cafe; suggesting that "in cafes you have to drink the least offensive of the
musical comedy drinks that go with them." Bond always stipulates Perrier,
for in his opinion expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a
The Vesper Martini (or the manner in which it
was ordered) overshadowed the Americano in the books and movies.
And so, in honour of a great flick, lets have
3.0 cl Sweet
orange slice and lemon peel
Pour over ice
into a collins glass.