In this white version of the classic Americano, bartender Tristan Willey mixes Suze, a gentian-based herbal aperitif from Switzerland, with Carpano Bianco, a lightly sweet, round white Italian vermouth. The resulting drink is fragrant and low-alcohol—perfect for day drinking.
For those unfamiliar, the Americano dates back to 1860s Italy, when bar owner Gaspare Campari began to serve the three-ingredient cocktail (Campari, sweet vermouth and soda)—essentially a Milano-Torino with soda—at his cafe in Milan. The Americano is thought to be the Negroni’s precursor, and of course, the White Negroni is a variation thereof. Invented in 2001 by British bartender Wayne Collins, the White Negroni uses Suze in place of Campari and Carpano Bianco as a stand-in for sweet vermouth, bringing a lightness and florality to its deeper, darker ruby-red cousin. Again, Willey’s Suzie Americano is an evolution of the White Negroni, but in a way, this drink brings us back to where it all began.
- 1 oz Suze
- 1 oz Carpano Bianco
- Club soda, to top
- Garnish: Grapefruit twist
Add Suze and Carpano Bianco to a Collins glass filled with ice and stir.
Top with soda water, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.