Campari Cocktails

Campari is Italy's most popular aperitif and its distinctive taste and vivid color make it a favorite for creating both classic and contemporary cocktails. Here you'll find a collection of our favorites, including variations on the popular classic Negroni.

Campari Cocktails
About Campari:
Originally developed by Gaspare Campari in 1860 to serve in his Milan café, Campari is a proprietary infusion of aromatics, herbs and fruits.

Only a few key people are privy to the secret recipe, and rumor has it that Campari is made with upwards of 60 ingredients, so it's no surprise that it's unique, bitter orange flavor has never been successfully duplicated.

1. Classic Negroni

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Cinzano Rosso Vermouth (or other sweet vermouth)
3/4 ounce gin

Pour all the ingredients into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.

2. Pomegranate Negroni

1/4 ounce Campari
1/4 ounce grapefruit vodka
1/4 ounce Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
1/4 ounce Pama Liqueur

Served on the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

3. Roasted Orange Negroni

1 ounce sweet red vermouth
1-1/4 ounce Campari
1-1/4 ounce sparkling white wine
1 roasted orange wedge
Orange peel for garnish

Place the orange wedge in a mixing glass and add vermouth. Muddle to release the charred orange bits into the vermouth. Add Campari and ice, and stir. Strain into a chilled ice-filled rocks glass and top with sparkling wine. Do not stir. Garnish with orange peel.

To make roasted oranges: Slice oranges into wedges and cover with sweet red vermouth. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove oranges from the vermouth and grill until the sugar caramelizes and black specks form on the oranges.

Recipe created by mixologist Joe Campanale

4. Campari Cucumber Cocktail

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce gin
2 bruised/cracked slices of English cucumber
1 cucumber wheel

Build all ingredients, including cucumber in a shaker. Lightly mix the ingredients and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass rimmed with red sugar. Top with seltzer, garnish with a cucumber wheel, and add a straw.

Recipe created by Eric Alperin

5. Milan Rouge

1 ounce Campari
1-1/4 ounces Wild Turkey Reserve Rye
3/4 ounce Marolo Grappa alla Camomilla

Stir all of the ingredients together for a few seconds in a mixing glass filled to 2/3 with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or serve on the rocks. Garnish with Luxardo cocktail cherries served on a cocktail pick placed across the rim of the glass.

Recipe created by mixologist Francesco Lafranconi

Americano (not pictured)

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Cinzano Rosso Vermouth (or other sweet vermouth)

Pour all the ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.

The Americano originated in Milan as the Milano-Torino. It was renamed after becoming popular with American tourists during prohibition.

Classic Campari & Orange (not pictured)

1-1/4 ounces Campari
4 ounces orange juice

Pour Campari and orange juice together over ice.

Classic Campari & Soda (not pictured)

1 part Campari
4 parts soda

Pour Campari over ice and top with soda.

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