Bottled Americano

Matthew Kelly / Supercall

The Americano is one of the most perfectly balanced cocktails. It’s bitter, sweet and refreshingly effervescent. In Italy, Campari makes something called Campari Soda (essentially an Americano sans sweet vermouth) that can be purchased at the grocery store pre-mixed, bottled and in six-packs. Sadly, Americans have yet to catch on, and the product is currently unavailable stateside. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own version of the bittersweet bottled cocktail at home. All you need are bottles, caps, a capper, soda water and booze. Now, fixing yourself an Americano is as easy as opening your fridge and grabbing a bottle.

Note: Makes enough for 12 x 6-oz Champagne bottles. Before attempting, consult our guide to bottling cocktails.

Bottled Americano

FLAVOR PROFILE
Bitter
STRENGTH

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 12 oz Campari
  • Soda Water
  • Zest from 1 orange (with little to no pitch)

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Add the sweet vermouth and Campari to a large bowl or pitcher.

Step two

Zest an orange and squeeze the peels into the mixture to express the oils, and drop in.

Step three

Refrigerate overnight with the peels still in the mix.

Step four

Strain out the peels.

Step five

Prepare 12 6-oz Champagne bottles and crown caps by boiling them and drying them.

Step six

Pour 2 ounces of the pre-batched cocktail into the bottles using a funnel and a jigger.

Step seven

Top with seltzer water, leaving about an inch of space at the top, and cap immediately using a capper.

Step eight

Label with a sharpie (so you know what it is) and refrigerate.

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