Americano

Friday, December 21, 2012


Before the roast beef, mushrooms flambéed with brandy and the raspberry-chocolate trifle drizzled with Chambord, a sparkling aperitif is just the light, bright cocktail a heavy holiday dinner demands. Originally called the Milano-Torino (Campari comes from Milan, Cinzano vermouth from Turin), this sparkling sipper was renamed for the American tourists who went wild for it during Prohibition!


Americano 

1 1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz sweet vermouth 
club soda
orange wedge

Fill a highball glass with ice, add Campari and sweet vermouth. Top with club soda and garnish with an orange wedge. 

Notes: While the original calls for Cinzano, I adore Carpano Antica in this and any other cocktail that includes sweet vermouth. That said, any sweet vermouth you have on hand will do the trick. 


 Image by Anna Williams


I'm off to the East Coast and then Texas for the holidays, so A Crimson Kiss will also be enjoying a little vacation. But never fear–if you're in need of a drink, my favorite holiday cocktails include Baltimore Eggnog, Agricole Rhum Punch and the classic Tom & Jerry

Thank you for all your support and friendship this year, darling readers–cheers to a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

14 comments:

  1. Such a pretty color! Best wishes for safe travels & a very Merry Christmas~

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  2. If you're anywhere near Houston when you come to Texas, let me know! :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  3. What a beautiful drink! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Lena!

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  4. Safe travels! Enjoy a couple of cocktails to keep the stress to a minimum :)

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  5. Sounds dlicious, lady ... you have the most succinct visual taste out of anyone I know. Beautiful.

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  6. You're making my mouth water! Safe travels and have a wonderful holiday!! See you in the new year!

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  7. The colour is just out of this world.

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  8. Belated happy holidays to you as well and a wonderful New Year! :)

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  9. I hope your holiday was bright and fun. Another lovely cocktail recipe!

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  10. My husband loves this drink. We're setting up our bar so I would love to learn how to make a good Americano. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

    Stay in the Lines

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  11. Delish. Ahhh what a wonderful way to ring in a brand new year. Happy New Year my friend! :)

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  12. Haha to me an Americano is a coffee drink made with espresso and hot water. But this looks good too!

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