Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Perfect Aperitif

When my husband Steve and I rented an apartment in Florence a few summers ago, we got in the habit of having this exquisite cocktail each night our local outdoor cafĂ©. In my humble view, it is the season’s most sophisticated drink. Cold, sweet, bitter, a touch of sour—all add up to something beyond refreshing.

The Americano

One shot of Campari
One shot of sweet vermouth
Soda water
Slice of orange

Place lots of ice in a large glass. Add Campari and vermouth, fill the remainder of the glass with club soda. Stir. Add orange slice. I like to serve it with a straw.

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