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
- Club soda
- Fresh oranges
- Sharp fruit knife
- Cutting board
- Highball cocktail glass
- Orange peel
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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