A Milano-Torino cocktail is an easy Italian drink recipe made with just 4 ingredients. Also called an Americano cocktail, this beverage highlights citrus, Campari, and sweet vermouth.
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The Milano-Torino cocktail, also known as the “Mi-To” or “Milan-Turin,” is a classic Italian aperitif that dates back to the 19th century.
Its name refers to two main cities in northern Italy: Milan and Turin.
The cocktail’s history is closely linked to the creation of the iconic Italian bitter liqueur, Campari.
A Milano-Torino is fast and easy to make, and can simply be made in a glass over ice without any shaking.
Campari: Campari is a renowned Italian bitter liqueur known for its vibrant red color and distinctive bitter-sweet flavor profile. It is made from a secret blend of herbs and spices, creating a unique taste that sets it apart from other liqueurs.
Sweet Vermouth: Also known as red vermouth, sweet vermouth is a fortified wine that has been infused with various botanicals, herbs, and spices. It imparts a rich, sweet, and aromatic character to the cocktail, balancing the bitterness of Campari.
Lemon: The lemon wedge brings freshness and a touch of citrus to the cocktail.
Club Soda: An optional ingredient, the club soda is a great way to slightly lighten the flavor of the cocktail and bring a bubbly texture. Some say the addition of club soda makes it specifically an Americano.
This Mi-To cocktail is normally made without club soda. But you can add club soda to technically make an Americano!
Not to be confused with the coffee Americano, which is espresso with a lot of water added to it to make it lighter, like American coffee.
When using the club soda or sparkling water, use as much or as little as desired. A splash is traditional, but adding more will make it a little lighter and more bubbly.
This cocktail has a citrusy, slightly bitter flavor.
A Mi-To cocktail is made of Campari, sweet vermouth, lemon, and sometimes soda water.
This cocktail got its name because it became popular with Americans living in Italy!
A Negroni also has sweet vermouth and Campari, but uses gin instead of soda water.
An Americano is the Milano-Torino with soda water included.
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- 1 ½ ounces Campari
- 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth
- club soda optional
- 1 lemon wedge
- Fill your drinking glass with some ice.
- Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth over the ice.
- Add a splash of club soda, if using. Use as much as desired.
- Add the lemon wedge and serve.