7 Jun
bitterwithatwist_campariList No. 4 artwork by Mrs Eliot Books

My first taste of Campari was awful so I don’t know what tempted me to try it again but I’m glad I did.

Over the years my love for it has grown and I’m never without a bottle at home.


Weirdly most pubs also have it so without trying you can make a ‘poor man’s Negroni’ by adding it to gin if you have that bitter craving and a pint doesn’t appeal. If your thirst for bitters is extreme then Campari with a dash of Angostura Bitters (which most pubs also have) will fill the need.

To me Campari tastes bitter and sugary with slight woody and herbal touch but plenty of fruit flavour (especially oranges). It is a great drink and also works really work in sorbets or ices or combined with them- blood orange sorbert with ice cold Campari poured over it won my heart one hot day.

Drinks I love with Campari:



Campari and grapefruit

Campari and soda

Campari and Tonic Water

My list of Campari cocktails to try:

Bloodhound #2 (vodka, campari, grapefruit)

Cardinale (variation on Negroni with different quantities of ingredients)

Capitano (Campari, Carpano Antica Formul, lemon juice and sugar syrup)

Caipi (Campari, lime and sugar syrup)

Milano (a Negroni with Vodka)

Negroni Tredici (A Negroni with added Cynar)

The Quad (Vodka, Campari, orange juice and Cointreau)

Dutch Count Negroni (Negroni with Bols Genever)

Rhubarb Lucca Negroni (Campari, gin, Carpano Antica Formula and Rabarbaro)

Cumbersome (cucumber, gin, Campari and orange juice)

Death in Venice (Campari, grapefruit bitters topped with Prosecco)

Diamond Dog (Campari, orange juice, roses Lime and dry Vermouth)

Cornwall Negroni (gin, campari, Punt E Mes, orange bitters, sweet vermouth)

Dolce Amaro (Campari, Amaretto and dry vermouth)

and about 70 others…

Campari Links:

Campari tasting notes on Drinks Enthusiast

Campari tasting notes on Diffords Guide

The Cocktail Geek review of Campari

Campari, the Italian classic that still has style

The art of Campari

How to drink Campari

Profile of Campari

Campari on Twitter

Good food guide to Campari

Difford Guide to search for Campari cocktails

Campari recipes

Carpano Antica Formula
½ shot Rabarbaro

One Response to “Campari”

  1. negronis October 17, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    If you like Negronis; check out – Negronis Across the World

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