Dry Martini is listed among the most famous and glamorous cocktails! And how could it not be? It is 007’s favourite drink after all, “shaken, not stirred” ! But that is all really known to everyone! However, what if I told you that 007 had another favorite drink before the Dry Martini? What is that? Another drink we are all familiar with, the Americano Cocktail of course!
What? You don’t believe me? Ok, allow me to let you in on some info first! You see the Americo Cocktail is the first drink 007 orders in the novel Casino Royale, in the first short story of the British author Ian Fleming. See? Told you so!
But let me tell you a few things about the drink itself to see what this is all about! The Americano Cocktail made its appearance in the 1860’s in the Caffé Campari and it has been included in the List of IBA Official Cocktails. It was firstly known as the “Milano-Torino” cocktail but then attributed with the name “Americano”. It is said that many Americans drank the cocktail in the 1900’s and therefore it was given this name from Italians.
It is easy to make and very similar to the Negroni cocktail, as the main ingredients are red Vermouth and Campari.
But enough with this and let’s get a bit closer to the America Cocktail recipe!
- 45ml / 1 and 1/2 parts red Vermouth
- 45ml / 1 and 1/2 parts Campari
- Soda Water, to top up
- An orange slice or an orange zest (for the garnish)
Fill an old fashioned glass or a Collins glass with ice. Pour the Campari into to the glass and then the red Vermouth. Top up with the soda water, garnish your drink with an orange zest or an orange slice and there you go! Your Americano Cocktail is ready to serve!