Thankfully this isn’t the SAT or the GRE. But if you visit Campari’s site (which incidentally is repeated word for word on Wikipedia‘s entry) you will discover the Americano was first called the “Milano-Torino” for Campari which hails from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, endemic to Turin.
The drink is straightforward: equal parts Campari and vermouth with a splash of club soda; served on the rocks. Don’t forget the garnish.
I can’t believe it took me this long to make an Americano! I’m a convert.
Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.
Say! I like green eggs and ham. I do! I like them Sam-I-am.
After Adam’s class I’m even more interested in vermouth. I used “Duval”. While it was a relic (seriously—the only Google hit is for an advertisement) I dragged out from the basement and dusted off, I’m pleased to report that it had not been opened. On the other hand, I’m guessing it has to be very old. The price tag reveals a $2.45 purchase from Shamrock.
For the record, the quote is from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (1960).