All’Americano: Italy and the Cocktail
Although the cocktail was born in the United States, it was profoundly impacted by ingredients imported from overseas — Italian vermouth, in particular. When this product began to arrive in the mid 19th century, it had a radical impact on how and what Americans were drinking, launching classics like the Manhattan and the Martini into reigning esteem. The exchange of liquid influence went both ways, and the American cocktail also impacted the ways Italians drink. Illustrious cocktail writer David Wondrich presents a rich history of this pertinent cultural exchange.