An apéritif, the Americano is the perfect palate introduction to the heavier brunch foods as well as a soft 'hair of the dog.' The chief flavor of the Americano is Campari, a liqueur made with herbs and Chinotto orange peels. Born in Milan at the Caffè Camparino in the 1860's, the cocktail is a beautiful red with a flavor that is crisp and citrusy with a bittersweet bite (Mimosa lovers, consider yourselves warned).
Below – the easy recipe, a suggested menu and a playlist to keep the mood light and spirits bright.
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 fresh red or pink grapefruit
First thing's first, fire up the music.
Fill an old-fashioned (6 oz.) glass with ice cubes. Add the Campari, Sweet Vermouth and top with club soda. Traditionally Americanos are served with a fresh orange slice, but I like to use the peel of a red or pink grapefruit... And you're done. Everything in life should be this easy.