Campari Cocktails

Bonne Fée from Post Prohibition

Bonne Fée from Post Prohibition

Campari is a unique bitter Italian liqueur that inspires strong feelings in people. It has a bold flavor that leaves no room for waffling. The Negroni is the most well-known Campari cocktail, but it isn’t the only one. Here are some creative ways to mix with Campari!

Serrano Cocktail ~ Vodka, limoncello, and orange juice balance out the bitterness of Campari for a delightful sipping cocktail.

Corn Goddess ~ Corn, tomato, gin … this is already quite an unusual drink, so adding Campari finishes it off nicely.

Bonne Fée ~ Grenadine, lemon, and absinthe make for an intriguing combination to bring out the strong flavor of Campari.

Louanalau ~ A Tiki drink made with this bitter liqueur is a nice change of pace. Rum and strawberries go surprisingly well with Campari.

A Rare Bird ~ Speaking of surprising, I never would have thought Campari would go so well with pineapple juice and black strap rum.

Negroni

An aperitif is a before-dinner drink that stimulates the appetite—usually it’s something light with a bitter or herbal flavor. But that doesn’t mean you have to drink them before a meal. One of the most well known (and loved) aperitif cocktails is the Negroni, and they’re as popular before dinner as they are late in the evening. This is a drink that had to grow on me, but once it did, I couldn’t get enough of it’s bold flavor. One Negroni leads to more. Also, there are a lot of fun twists on the Negroni … I’ll have to share a few soon!

Negroni
1 ounce London dry gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Italian sweet vermouth

Fill and old fashioned glass with ice and then pour in each ingredient and stir. Garnish with an orange slice or twist.

Negroni photo by Kenn Wilson

In a seminar about the history of the Negroni a few years ago at Tales of the Cocktail, I liked this old Campari ad they showed that acknowledged just how much of an acquired tasted Campari is: