The Americano cocktail has a fascinating history that dates back to the 1860s. The cocktail was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of the origins of its ingredients. The cocktail gained its current name during World War I when many Americans were in Italy and developed a taste for the drink. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the cocktail gained its current name, “Americano.” The story goes that during World War I, many American soldiers were stationed in Italy and would often order the cocktail. Because of their fondness for the drink, it became known as the “Americano.” The Americano gained popularity in the United States during the 1930s, thanks in part to the popularity of the Negroni cocktail, which is a variation of the Americano that includes gin. Today, the Americano remains a classic cocktail that is enjoyed around the world.