Americano Recipe

Tall, refreshing, and bittersweet.

Vicky Wasik

If you read the headline and thought, "Starbucks," you're missing out on something here.

While my knowledge of coffee history is sorely lacking, I'd still wager that this Americano predates the now-familiar mix of espresso and hot water. First served in Milan around 1861, this fizzy aperitif became popular among American tourists and expatriates in the early 20th-century, thus earning its name.

The Americano is sometimes derided as an emasculated Negroni; that overlooks the drink's enduring charms. While less potent in flavor and effect than the Negroni, the Americano is a very agreeable companion on a warm day, especially in the late spring when the barbecue is being brought out of winter storage and the weather invites you to linger outside. Engagingly bitter, slightly sweet, and above all, tall and cold, the Americano suits the season.

Recipe Details

Americano Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving

Tall, refreshing, and bittersweet.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth

  • 2 to 3 ounces club soda

  • Orange wheel to garnish


  1. Pour Campari and vermouth into an ice-filled highball glass; top with club soda. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
199 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 70mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)