Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Squid Mixes: Americano

My Americano recipe came from The New York Bartender's Guide: sweet vermouth, Campari and sparkling water with a lemon peel garnish.  It's sort of like a Negroni with bubbles, though sweeter without the gin.  The bitter/sweet balance is quite pleasant, in fact.

The drink was created by Gaspare Campari in the 1860s.  In Italy, it was originally known as a Milano-Torino as it combined Campari from Milan and vermouth from Turin.  The Americano name was an homage to the boxer Primo Carnera, the first Italian heavyweight champion in the United States.  The Americano, not the vodka martini, is also the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first of Ian Fleming's original novels, Casino Royale.

12 comments:

  1. And I thought it was just a watered down espresso! I know better now :-)

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    1. Ha! I didn’t even think of the coffee drink. Stateside, an americano is just “regular.”

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  2. Oh My Goodness that is what I thought a coffee Americano !
    One thing I can drink coffee. I love Campari.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. In all honesty, I would miss coffee a lot more than alcohol if I had to give them up.

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  3. Wow! Looks yummy! I thought it was sangria.

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    1. Hmm, I'm sure I'll tackle sangria at some point.

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  4. Hmm... Interesting.
    Now I'm curious about drinks made famous through literature.
    I may have to make time to do some research...

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    1. My wife has a book on her shelf which I'm sure will eventually end up on mine: Pleasures of the Table, A Literary Anthology selected by Christian Hardyment. It's more about food in literature rather than drink but might still be of interest to you.

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    2. Yeah, it might.
      If I can work it in somewhere!

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  5. I’m glad Bond didn’t stick with the Americano as his drink of choice. “Americano shaken not stirred” doesn’t have the same ring. Good trivia!

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    1. You're right. It doesn't fall of the tongue quite so nicely.

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