Archive of ‘Campari’ category

Bride and Groom, wedding cocktails

It’s wedding season and we’re tripping joyfully over the invitations. We were asked to do a set of His and Her cocktails for one couple. The idea here is to make a base with the spirit, juices, and modifiers. Then pour a measured amount of the base over ice, top with a splash of soda […]


Agave Afternoon, tequila cocktail

This seems at first glance an odd mix but what makes it work is the splash of Campari bitters, the Italian elixir, the hinge, if you will, on which the ginger ale and tequila swing. Remove the tequila, and use, instead, a 1/2 ounce of lime juice, and you have a refreshing low-alcohol drink. Massacre […]


Pronto, bourbon cocktail

Here’s an effort to use bourbon as gin in a rather liberal variation on the Negroni theme. Use a lighter, younger Tennessee style bourbon for this or it will be overly sweet. Pronto 1 1/2 ounces bourbon 1 ounce orange juice 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth 1/2 ounce Campari Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass […]


Simpatico, rye cocktail

This a an Italian-accented variation of Old Pal, a Prohibition era recipe which used Canadian whiskey and dry vermouth. The lemon juice is our idea as a balance to the sweeter vermouth and to emphasize the bitter taste of the Campari. Simpatico 1 1/2 rye whiskey 1/2 sweet vermouth 1/2 Campari bitters 1/4 ounce lemon […]


New Groany, Negroni cocktail

Here’s our final entry for this year’s Negroni Week. Treaty Oak Distilling in Austin, Texas, has taken their highly aromatic gin, barrel aged it in separate batches between 1 to 2 years, blended it and bottled it as Waterloo Antique Gin. This smooth aromatic gin, combined with Fernet Branca — as substitute for sweet vermouth […]


Sweet ‘n’ Sloe , sloe gin cocktail

For our fifth and next-to-final riff for Negroni Week, we’ve gone to a slightly fruiter mix. Sloe gins are infused with the ripe plums of that name and a touch of sugar. This gin appears often in cocktails created in the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly in England. To balance the sweeter spirit, we […]


New World, Campari cocktail

While Christopher Columbus is hailed for “discovering America” on his first voyage to the New World in 1492, all he really did was bump into an island or two in the Caribbean. Our “New World” cocktail celebrates Columbus’ landfall with a tart concoction of rum and citrus. We use Flor de Caña Extra Dry, a rum from […]


Camparita, tequila cocktail

Perhaps it is the imparted color or tingle of its bitter nature, but Campari has a way of reshaping and uplifting a cocktail recipe. Our Camparita is an example. A traditional cocktail, the Margarita, is given a new hue and taste arrangement with a dose of the Italian-made bitter. Camparita 2 ounces white tequila 1/2 […]


Negroni, classical cocktail

Here is the second drink for the Imbibe magazine and Campari sponsored Negroni Week. Though this might be the standard Negroni, even it has variables. We’ve used the highly aromatic, 114-proof Genius Navy Strength Gin. You can serve this in a cocktail glass or over ice in an old-fashioned glass. You also can go with […]


Negroni Week GVCO

Imbibe magazine and Campari kick off their jointly-sponsored Negroni Week, June 2-8, 2014. Learn more about it below and also on our Bar Talk blog. This preview of coming attractions is a riff on the classic Campari cocktail, the Negroni. The name GVCO is an anagram of this version’s four ingredients: G for gin, V […]


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