How to Make a Campari and Soda

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Campari’s rather bitter, citrus-peel taste and herby aroma might not appeal to everyone’s palate, but mixing it with soda lightens the taste and makes a refreshing summer aperitif whose vivid red color oozes sophistication. In Italy, bottled Campari and soda was one of the world’s first pre-mixed drinks.

Things You'll Need

  • Campari
  • Club soda
  • Jug
  • Fresh oranges
  • Sharp fruit knife
  • Cutting board
  • Highball cocktail glass
  • Orange peel
  • Ice

Simple Mix

  • Combine 1 part Campari to 2 parts soda in a jug with plenty of ice. For a subtle distinction in taste, experiment with bottled seltzer or sodium-free club soda as alternatives to generic club soda.

  • Place an orange on a cutting board and cut into thin slices, leaving the peel on. For the most potent garnish, source a blood orange, noted for its richer flavor with raspberry notes.

  • Pour the Campari and soda into highball glasses and garnish with the orange slices. The highball glass excels at nurturing the cocktail's fizziness and preserving the ice for longer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Squeeze a little orange juice into each glass to enhance the citrus flavors in the Campari.
  • Substitute Campari for Gran Classico Bitter for a more tanned color with a higher alcohol content, or Luxardo Bitter for a thinner, more bitter version.
  • Campari and soda’s alcohol content is roughly 10 percent, putting it on a par with wine, but drink in moderation nonetheless.

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