Americano Cocktail - a Recipe for Negroni without Gin

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Americano Cocktail – a Recipe for Negroni without Gin

The Americano Cocktail is a popular aperitif from Italy. It is something for mild summer afternoons. The interplay of sweet and bitter is wonderfully appetizing, the soda works as a thirst quencher, the alcohol content is not too high. 

Apparently the bitter cocktail was originally called Milano-Torino, as the Campari came from Milan and the Vermouth from Turin. 

The name Americano is said to be derived from the Italian boxer Primo Carnera , who won the heavyweight world title in the USA in 1933. According to another lore, the bitter cocktail was named Americano because it was so popular with American tourists in the 1930s. During Prohibition, hordes of Americans populated the Italian bars and drank one Torino-Milano after the other.

Fans of bitter drinks are sure to love this cocktail! The Americano is very similar in taste to Negroni, which contains gin instead of soda water.

Recommended Vermouth

Carpano Antica Formula is the best choice for an Americano. It’s not so sweet bitter flavor with notes of vanilla and grapes pairs nicely with the herbal Campari liqueur. Below are some other recommendations for sweet vermouths.

Cinzano Rosso probably offers the best bang-for-the-buck.



Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: apertif
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 person


  • 1.5 oz Campari
  • 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 to 4 oz Soda water
  • Orange Slice
  • Ice cubes


  • Put ice cubes in a highball or tumbler glass.
  • Pour all ingredients into the glass. Pour on the soda. Then stir carefully.
  • Garnish with either an orange zest or a halved slice of orange.

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