On this day in 1454, Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy. He'd go on to give his name tonot one but two continents - the Americas.
A genius navigator, Amerigo sailed from Europe to South America at least twice - and possibly as many as five times. His letters about the bizarre and wonderful things he saw became bestselling travel literature.
And, after Columbus died believing that America was in fact Asia, Amerigo was the first person to recognise that the continents were altogether new. A map maker took the decision to call the continent after him - and the name stuck.
As an Italian national who sailed for both the Spanish and Portuguese and gave his name to a Latin and an Anglo continent, we're toasting this citzen of the world with an Americano, created in Milan, and favoured by Americans.