This long staple of the Italian cafe or Apéritvo bar was born in the Caffe Camporino in Milan circa 1860. It was originally known as the "Milano-Torino" taking the name from the two homes of the primary ingredients. Later, during Prohibition, the drink became commonly known as The Americano due its tremendous popularity with American expats.
1 1/2 oz. Bitter (like Campari)
1 1/2 oz. Quality, Sweet Red Vermouth
1 oz. Soda
Orange peel or slice for garnish.
This cocktail is an ideal apéritif and can be enjoyed any time of the year but I really like it when the sun is shining and I'm sitting outside.
Fill a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and top with Bitter, Vermouth, and soda. Give a gentle stir. Garnish with the orange peel or slice.
The only real variation to consider in my view is the quantity of soda from a splash to several ounces that can make this a great tall cocktail.