Created by Giulio Cocchi in 1891, Cocchi Americano is an aromatised wine produced in the Asti region of Piedmont. This delicious aperitivo is made from Moscato d’Asti wine which is used as the base for a maceration of bitter botanicals. Just as a vermouth is so classified by its use of wormwood, and a quinquina by cinchona bark, an Americano is defined by its use of gentian root as a bittering agent. Cocchi Americano uses both gentian flowers and leaves in addition to grand wormwood, cinchona bark, bitter orange peel, elderflower, and more to create its distinctive character.
Secretly acknowledged to be the closest modern substitute for the original Kina Lillet, this bitter Americano gives a floral opening and a muscato and apricot midpalate, balanced by a present but not overbearing cinchona bitterness.
Use in place of Lillet, or for when any other Americano, or blanc vermouth is called for. Try it in a Vesper or Corpse Reviver No. 2
Founded by Giulio Cocchi in the Asti region of Piedmont, Italy, Cocchi has continuously produced wine since 1891. First working as a pastry chef in Florence, Giulio Cocchi moved to Asti and began making aromatised wine in the Piedmontese style. His wines proved to be very popular, prompting the opening of Cocchi tasting bars in Turin and as far away as Caracas, Venezuela. Today Cocchi remains a paragon of aromatised wine production.