Milano Torino


Published: 02/25/24

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The Milano Torino, also known as the MI-TO cocktail, embodies the essence of Italian cocktail culture, manifesting a rich history that intertwines the heritage of two of Italy’s most vibrant cities: Milan and Turin. This iconic beverage, crafted with meticulous balance, is not merely a drink but a narrative of Italian craftsmanship, regional pride, and the evolution of cocktail culture. The cocktail’s creation at Milan’s Caffè Camparino in the 1860s marks a pivotal moment in the beverage industry, giving birth to a blend that would later influence the development of other renowned cocktails such as the Negroni and the Americano.

The Milano Torino’s nomenclature is a direct homage to its foundational components: Campari from Milan (Milano) and sweet vermouth from Turin (Torino). This deliberate naming encapsulates more than geographical origins, it represents a celebration of Italian regional specialties, uniting two distinctive flavors. Created in the 1860s by the innovative minds at Milan’s Caffè Camparino, the cocktail emerged during a period of burgeoning interest in mixology and the exploration of new beverage frontiers that led to combining simple, quality ingredients.

At its core, the Milano-Torino is an exercise in simplicity and balance, comprising equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth. This blend achieves a nuanced equilibrium between Campari’s distinct bitterness and the aromatic sweetness of vermouth, resulting in a beverage that is both complex and accessible. The choice of ingredients reflects a deep appreciation for the craft of distillation and the art of blending, showcasing how two seemingly disparate elements can create a cohesive and compelling whole. The cocktail’s flavor profile is characterized by a slightly more bitter and syrupy essence compared to its descendants, offering a unique taste experience that distinguishes it within the cocktail canon.

Evolution and Influence

As said, the historical trajectory of the Milano-Torino is marked by its role as a precursor to two other classic cocktails: the Negroni and the Americano. The addition of soda water to the Milano Torino birthed the Americano, introducing a refreshing effervescence that broadened the cocktail’s appeal. Similarly, the transformation of this cocktail into the Negroni, through the inclusion of gin, represented a significant evolution in cocktail culture, marrying the herbal complexity of gin with the original blend’s richness. These adaptations underscore the Milano Torino’s foundational influence, serving as a creative wellspring from which new cocktails have emerged. The cocktail’s adaptability and enduring relevance highlight its importance as a catalyst for innovation within the mixology industry.

Milano Torino Recipe

  1. 45 ml Campari

  2. 45 ml sweet vermouth

  3. Ice

  4. Garnish: orange wedge or slice

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How to Make a Milano Torino

  1. Add the Campari, and sweet vermouth into a rocks glass.

  2. Add ice and stir for 15-20 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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