The Black Russian is a classic cocktail, made with 'Russian' Vodka and Coffee Liqueur. Usually poured with less coffee liqueur than I did here... but it's my video, and therefore, my recipe, and I think it tastes better with a larger portion of the 'Black' or coffee liqueur. Very simple, and very tasty... If you haven't ordered one lately, you should! It's a delight! Cheers!
The cocktail known as 'The Aviation' was first created in the early 1900s at the Wallick Hotel of New York, by a gentleman named Hugo Ensslin. Mr. Ensslin first published this recipe in his own book, called 'Recipes for Mixed Drinks, in 1916. The creme de violet adds a slight sky blue color which perhaps inspired the name of this drink, in honor of the new aviation industry, just starting to emerge at this early time. A robust cocktail, not for the faint of heart. Wildly popular in it's day. Cheers!
The Americano is a cocktail made with Campari, Martini and Rossi sweet vermouth, and club soda. This drink was first served in Caffè Campari, in the 1860s, invented by Gaspare Campari. It was originally known as the "Milano-Torino" because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino). In the early 1900s, the Italians noticed a surge of Americans who enjoyed the cocktail. As a compliment to the Americans, and perhaps to better sell this cocktail...it sooner or later became known as the "Americano".
It is the first drink ordered by James Bond... in the first novel of the Ian Fleming's, James Bond Series. This first glimpse of James Bond in... 'Casino Royale'. Today it is renowned and enjoyed the world over, by Americans, Italians and many, many other cultures. Cheers!