|Article number:||Cocchi Americano|
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Cocci has been producing wine-based aperitifs since 1891, owned and operated by the Bava family since 1978. Giulio Cocchi was a young pastry chef from Florence who moved to Asti in the late 19th century and established himself as a distiller and winemaker. His products became well known during the Belle Epoque and Italian Futurist periods, and by 1913 there were twelve Cocchi tasting bars in Piemonte. Today, the winery maintains its artisan character and follows Giulio’s original recipes. The Americano recipe dates back to the first year of operation (1891) and has not been changed. It is an aromatized wine, and the name “Americano” is both due to the bitterness (“amaricato”) from the addition of herbs and spices and to the American habit of enjoying vermouth with soda and ice. It is recognized in Asti as “the aperitif par excellence—a real piece of history of our town”. There are many herbs and spices, but the main players are Artemisia (absinthium), Chinchona, bitter orange peel, gentian flowers and leaves, and elderflower. This is a very flavorful aperitif, meant to be enjoyed well chilled over ice, completed with a splash of seltzer to free all its aromas and perfumes, perfected with a squeeze of orange peel. It can also be used in classic cocktails, such as martinis, white negronis, or anything with gin, vodka, or even mezcal!