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Spirits of the Season 2013: Two Campari cocktails that are musts for mixologists

By April Neale Nov 22, 2013, 3:43 GMT

Spirits of the Season 2013: Two Campari cocktails that are musts for mixologists

Spirits of the Season 2013: Two Campari cocktails that are musts for mixologists

Spirits of the Season 2013 will bring you the hottest new recipes, spirits and wines from the coolest distilleries, vineyards, restaurants and bars from all across the globe!

Campari first caught my attention as a child.

I always adored their colorful posters featuring Campari bottles and drinks in restaurants, and my earliest visual databank memories of the term "Campari" was cemented in the North End of Boston - back when it was Italian - and the summertime as the narrow streets had odd tables and Campari umbrellas dotting the sidewalks. The smells, colors and tastes of summer were always equated with seeing these umbrellas come out of their long winter storage. It made me happy.


Certainly the vivid design and art of the brand caught my eye, which lead to one naughty moment that I swigged a bottle of it at my Aunt's house. Her home had a full bar and little adult supervision at the time. The taste was gross! My child's brain assumed at the very least it should mimic cherry Kool-aid or something sweet. Bitter flavors are acquired tastes, more than a 7 year-old can handle.

As an adult, the world famous, absolutely unique, red Italian spirit Campari is one of my treasured charismatic mixers that makes me feel ready for any company. The recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world.


Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water, and is vibrant red with an intense aroma. Campari has a spicy, bitter taste which is sophisticated and not for children, obviously.

The Campari recipe reportedly is a blend of equal parts of alcohol, sugar syrup, distilled water, and an infusion flavored with oranges, rhubarb, ginseng, as well as a mixture of herbs.

The USA is still a laggard when it comes to loving on Campari.  People in Germany, France, Italy and South America adore it.

Anyone professing to be a mixologist needs to have these two classic drink recipes committed to memory:

Campari Negroni

A cocktail which has left its mark on the history of the Milanese aperitif and is known throughout the world. Reward yourself with a moment of relaxation and pure pleasure while enjoying the full flavor and simplicity of a Negroni.


    - 1 part Campari
    - 1 part gin
    - 1 part vermouth Cinzano rosso

Glass: Rocks

Campari Americano


    - 1 part Campari
    - 1 part vermouth Cinzano rosso
    - 1 part soda

Method: Build
Glass: Rocks

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