Rome With a View

Michael McIlroy, Attaboy | New York City

rome with a view cocktail mickey mcillroy

Michael McIlroy’s Rome With a View falls somewhere between an afternoon appropriate Collins and an Americano. Where an Americano is built with bitter Italian Campari and sweet vermouth, McIlroy swaps in dry vermouth, and, like a Collins, he built it with the refreshing structure of spirit-citrus-sweetener-soda. Low-alcohol and bracingly bittersweet, it nearly conjures warm afternoons looking out over an ancient Italian city.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
  • soda water

Garnish: orange wheel

  1. Add Campari, dry vermouth, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.
  4. Top with soda water and garnish with an orange wheel.
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