Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano

Tonight I was still ignoring my drink of the day calendar and exploring the imported contents of my cupboard.

Last night I mixed up a Campari and gin, which went down smoother and smoother as I worked my way through it. Tonight I went for an Americano, which is just a negroni without the gin. Somewhere I read that Bond, James etc., orders one in Casino Royale. I'm assuming they mean the Daniel Craig version, not the Woody Allen-David-Niven-Peter Sellers-Cast of Thousands version. In my excitement I forgot to splash some club soda into my campari and sweet vermouth (I forgot to check if he takes it shaken or stirred), but I didn't want a quasi sangria without the fruit anyway.

I liked it. It wasn't as sweet as I thought it might be with the vermouth. You still get the bitterness of the Campari in the back of your throat, but drinking herbally Campari and vermouth, I felt like something alcoholic might actually be good for me.

Then I tried a Pimm's cup, with the cucumber muddled instead of just plunking a chunk of cuke on the edge of the glass. I didn't have any 7-Up or Sprite or similar lemon-lime soda (I only buy it when I need it for a drink recipe), so I relied on sweet and sour mix, just eyeballing it and a generous slug of Pimm's.

I liked this one too. The cuke brings a nice flavor to the drink; a light sprinkle of sea salt (the good stuff) might accent that. The sweet and sour wasn't overwhelming and has a bit more kick than most lemon-lime sodas (though Mountain Dew might be interesting in this). Next year at Glyndebourne I'll have to get a real one made up for me.