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Cocktail Guide: Simpatico recipe
© Lucas Allen


  • SERVINGS: Makes 1 Drink

To make what he calls the “most authentic alcohol-free replica of an Americano,” Francesco Lafranconi mixes citrus juices with two nonalcoholic beverages. Italian Sanbittèr soda stands in for Campari; Terma Amargo Serrano, an intensely herbal concoction from Argentina, mimics vermouth. The celery bitters in the drink are alcohol-based; they can be left out of the drink.

  1. Ice
  2. 1 grapefruit wedge
  3. 1 orange wedge
  4. 1 chilled 3.4-ounce bottle Sanbittèr (see Note)
  5. 1 1/2 ounces chilled Terma Amargo Serrano (see Note)
  6. Dash of celery bitters (optional)
  7. 1 thyme sprig and 1 lemon twist, for garnish
  1. Fill a chilled collins glass with ice. Squeeze the grapefruit and orange wedges into the glass, then drop them in. Add the Sanbittèr, Terma Amargo Serrano and bitters and stir well. Garnish with the thyme sprig and lemon twist.
Notes Sanbittèr soda is sold at Italian markets. Terma Amargo Serrano is available at and at Latin markets.


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