The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the "Milano-Torino" because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino). It is popular belief that in the early 1900s, the Italians noticed a surge of Americans who enjoyed the cocktail. As a compliment to the Americans, the cocktail later became known as the "Americano".
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir over ice, strain into a chilled old-fashioned heavy glass, garnish with orange wheel or twist and serve.
Last updated: October 12, 2010