In continuation of our current obsession with Italian style and living, here's my go-to summer drink: the Americano. I had never heard of an Americano until Alessandro Squarzi, one of my favorite Instagrammers and style icons, introduced me to "Americano o'clock." A Google search later and I learned that an Americano is a less boozy version of the extremely delicious Negroni. Basically an Americano drops the Negroni's gin and replaces it with soda water, making it easier and less dangerous to sip on when the mid-summer heat gets to be unbearable. Alessandro's Americano o'clocks are as chic and jaunty as he is, and they've inspired Alexandra and I to make pitchers of them for our friends and family. An Americano must always be served with an orange wedge and Alessandro's characteristic enthusiasm.
The Americano (for one)
- 2 ounces Campari
- 2 ounces sweet red vermouth
- Orange slice (or twist if you want to get fancy)
- Soda water
Fill a short glass with a couple of ice cubes, drop in the orange slice, and then add Campari and vermouth. Stir a couple times and then top with soda water. Saluti!