Americano Cocktail

Posted at September 3rd, 2009 by cosmo

americanoIn these dry times of breeding, a cocktail is something I start thinking about the second I wake in the morning.  Most nights Dash isn’t in bed much earlier then I am, so I’m limited in what I can drink.

(I know. Leave it to me to have the baby that wants to sleep from 11pm till 11am.)

Usually it’s a glass of wine with dinner, and don’t get me wrong, LOVE that, but there is something glamorous and grown up (and do I ever need anything that makes me feel grown up these days!) about sitting down with my husband and having a little something something.

Before the baby, it was the Manhattan.  The RYE Manhattan to be specific.  It use to be the cosmo, as per my nom de plume Cosmolicious La Kitten, but those things go down a little too easy making for lost evenings, hard mornings and painful apologies.  Even so, occasionally, life requires a lost evening even with the hard morning and the required appologies.

Now days I’m always on the hunt for something interesting that won’t interfere with dear Jr’s development – let alone my own.  Last weekend for Madman, because, if any TV show requires watching, cocktail in hand, Madmen does, DaddyO made Americano Cocktails.

Usually, I would turn my nose up at anything with Campari in it, but something made me give it one more try, and this time, call it hormones, despiration or simply finally trying it enough to enjoy it tolorate it, the first sip was, not good, but ok. I waited a bit and tasted again.  Still ok.  I’m not going to toss it, but I’m not going to suck it down and ask for another either.

But by the end of the show, it had grown on me. It has a complicated taste that begs to be explored slowly rather then enjoyed quickly.  It wakes up your mouth with every sip.  It looks pretty. And? Being fairl low in alcohol (in the general skeem of things) means that I can enjoy one on occasion which makes it a winner in my book!

Standard Mix – taken from Wikipedia (which also has some interesting facts about the cocktail.)

  • 1/2 Sweet Vermouth (I like Antica Formula.  DON’T use cheap or old sweet vermouth!)
  • 1/2 Campari
  • splash of club soda
  • Garnish: orange slice

Pour over ice into a collins glass.

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