Cocchi Americano (pronounced co-key) is an aromatized wine created in 1891 by Giulio Cocchi and since then produced without interruption according to the original recipe. The name “Americano” is both due to the bittering of the alcohol by the addition of herbs and spices (“amaricato”) and to the American habit of drinking vermouth with ice and soda. Cocchi Americano, for its nature, represents the link between wine and liquors; a wine plus a small quantity of alcohol bittered by the infusion of precious herbs and spices: white wine, sugar, herbs and spices infused in alcohol and in particular gentian flowers and leaves, Artemisia, Cinchona, bitter orange peel, elderflower and others.
The classic version sees it served well chilled in a cocktail glass with ice cubes, completed with a splash of seltz so to free all its aromas and typical perfumes. It can be perfected with a squeezed out orange peel.
The Spritz Americano version calls for a wine glass plus the addition of a dry sparkling wine.
Cocchi Americano is exceptionally versatile for classic cocktails like the Vesper Martini, Corpse Reviver #2 or White Negroni.
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