An Americano is a traditional apéritif from Piedmont. A play on the French amér, it is similar to a vermouth, but usually contains extra bitter components. Mauro’s is based on Grignolino from his niece-in-law, Nadia of Cascina Tavijn. This is blended with raw alcohol steeped in sugar, wormwood, savoury, orange skin, gentiana root and a host of dry Italian pantry herbs. Served on the rocks with a glug of soda and a slice of orange, it is a cult classic that never disappoints.