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Summertime cocktails are always on the menu in Italy and Conde Nast Traveler is a great place for recipes. Try this recipe for an Americano at your next festa!
This ancestor of the Negroni, originally called a Milano-Torino, got its name by becoming a favorite of Americans abroad in Italy in the early 20th century. It is even the first drink James Bond orders in Ian Fleming's beloved books. "Bond always had the same thing—an Americano—Bitter Campari, Cinzano, a large slice of lemon peel and soda," he writes. "For the soda he always stipulated Perrier, for in his opinion expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink." To make it yourself, mix one part Campari, one part sweet vermouth, and a splash of soda water in a glass, and serve with a lemon slice. Do as Bond does and splurge on the Perrier—its surplus of tiny bubbles is key to the drink's bite.