May 252012

Let’s celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend with an Americano. An Americano is made from one of my favorite aperitifs Campari. A bitters characterized by its dark red color, Campari is an infusion of herbs and fruit in alcohol and water.

Campari was created in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. In 1904, Campari’s first production plant was opened in Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan. Under the direction of Davide Campari, Gaspare’s son, the company began to export the beverage, first to Nice in the heart of the French Riviera, then overseas. The Campari brand is now distributed in over one hundred and ninety countries.

Here’s what you’ll need to make an Americano:

One ounce of Campari

One ounce of sweet vermouth

Three ounces of club soda

Fill a highball glass with ice, add Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda, and stir.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



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