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Receiving friends at home has become the new trend. The return of art deco furnishing has done nothing but to reinforce our need to spend more time in a warm, cozy house, with the lights on (or off) as we wish, with the music we like as background, sitting comfortably on the sofa in our living room and especially surrounded by warmth. Say goodbye to minimal atmospheres that look more like a showroom than like a house and open the doors to the desire of warmth, of getting together and spending time in good company. And what could be easier than a smart and delicious aperitif organized for your best friends? Today I made a historical cocktail created in 1933, when Campari and red Vermouth met ice and soda, creating the famous American. A legend goes that the drink was named after the nickname of Primo Carnera, the Italian first boxer to win the heavyweight championship in New York. If you follow my recipes, you will knock down all your opponents and win the competition to become the best organizer of homemade aperitifs in town. Campari spritz? Mi-To? Boulevardier? These are only three of the Campari-based cocktails made for you. For your guests it will certainly be a great success! Here you have an easy recipe to make a perfect homemade American, inspired by a Trussardi outfit, and the January picture of the Campari calendar featuring the beautiful Kate Hudson. May the aperitif be with you!

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Recipe. FOR 1 GLASS

1 part (1 oz, 3 cl) Campari + 1 part (1 oz, 3 cl) red Vermouth + a splash of soda.

Pour all ingredients directly into an old-fashioned glass with ice, add a splash of soda and garnish it all with an orange slice and lemon zest.

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