How to drink Campari

How to drink Campari

The Campari liqueur produced in Italy and exported to almost 200 countries of the world cannot be confused with any other drink. It is sold in modest bottles of the classical form without any decor, but it has extraordinary organoleptic qualities. Ruby color, bittersweet taste, complex aroma with citrus and herbal notes conquered the hearts of many connoisseurs of good alcohol. If you have become the owners of this unique drink, you should learn how to drink “Campari” correctly, so as not to be considered ignorant and get maximum pleasure from eating this orange-herbal liqueur.

Basic rules for tasting “Campari”

“Campari” liqueur is produced in several versions. A little less strong drink is exported to America than goes to the countries of Eastern Europe. Americans know him as an aperitif fortress of about 25 degrees, Europeans like a bitter fortress of about 28 degrees. However, the tradition of using this drink in all countries is about the same.

  • Campari liqueur improves the appetite and is served before meals as an aperitif.
  • It can be drunk neat or diluted with ice, water, soda or juice.
  • When feeding “Campari” for use in its pure form, it is cooled to 8-10 degrees. In this case, it is poured into small stacks, which can also be pre-cooled. From the “Kappari” piles it is allowed to drink in one gulp, although it is usually tasted in small sips.
  • When Campari is served with ice, it is poured into glasses of clear glass filled with ice cubes. Drink small sips.
  • It is not considered a bad taste to dilute Campari with water, soda or juice. Italians themselves prefer to dilute it with soda in a 1: 2 ratio. On sale you can even meet the finished mixture of these ingredients. This cocktail is sold in small transparent bottles, shaped like a cone. In other countries, Campari prefer to be diluted with juice. Considered suitable orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, cherry. They help to level the bitter aftertaste of liquor, which gives it a special sort of Mediterranean oranges.

“Campari” is often used in cocktails, mixed with other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

What to eat “Campari”

Fruit is the best snack for Campari liqueur. More often preference is given to oranges, tangerines, grapefruits. Fresh and dried plums, cherries and pineapples are also suitable as snacks.

You should not worry that fruit is not a sufficiently high-calorie snack for a drink with a fairly high strength. “Campari” is drunk as an aperitif, which means it will be followed by a full-fledged lunch or dinner, so that nobody gets up drunk from the table.

Drinking Campari is unacceptable, but it can be mixed with other drinks, getting interesting cocktails, many of which are no less popular than the Italian liqueur.

Negroni Cocktail


  • Campari - 30 ml;
  • sweet vermouth - 30 ml;
  • gin - 30 ml;
  • ice cubes - to taste;
  • Orange orange peel twist - 1 pc.

Method of preparation:

  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in orange liqueur, vermouth and gin.
  • Stir with a bar spoon.
  • Decorate with a spiral of orange peel.

The gin in the composition of the cocktail underlines the bitter notes of “Campari”, sweet vermouth - its grassy taste and sweetness present in it. Connecting together, the three drinks make up a harmonious trio, with an even brighter taste than each component separately. Making a cocktail is considered simple, it can be charged even to an inexperienced bartender.

Cocktail “Negroni Sbalyato”


  • Campari - 40 ml;
  • sweet vermouth - 40 ml;
  • sparkling wine - 40 ml;
  • orange slice - 1 pc.

Method of preparation:

  • Cool the drinks and the glass in which you plan to serve them.
  • Pour vermouth and Campari into the glass, mix well.
  • Pour in sparkling wine.
  • Decorate a glass with an orange slice and serve.

The word “dumbed down” from Italian means “mistake”. Perhaps this is due to the origin of the cocktail: someone accidentally added champagne to it instead of gin. One way or another, but the taste of the cocktail is pleasant and harmonious.

Cocktail Americano


  • Campari - 50 ml;
  • sweet vermouth - 50 ml;
  • soda - 100 ml;
  • ice cubes - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • A tall glass half filled with ice.
  • Pour in Campari and Vermouth, mix.
  • Fill with chilled soda.

This is one of the first cocktails that began to be made in Italy with Campari liqueur. It was originally called Milan-Torpino. After the drink gained popularity outside of Italy, it was renamed.

Cocktail “Jungle Bird”


  • lime juice (freshly squeezed) - 15 ml;
  • sugar syrup - 15 ml;
  • “Campari” - 15 ml;
  • light rum - 45 ml;
  • pineapple juice - 45 ml;
  • crushed ice - to taste;
  • Pineapple slice - for decoration.

Method of preparation:

  • Squeeze the juice out of the pineapple and lime, pour it into a shaker glass.
  • Add rum, liquor, syrup and crushed ice.
  • Shake well for 30 seconds.
  • Strain.
  • Pour into a cocktail mug or a tall cocktail glass.

It remains to decorate the drink with a pineapple slice and serve. The taste of the cocktail will depend on the quality of the ingredients used. If freshly squeezed fruit juices try to substitute for store juices, the result is unlikely to meet the expectations.

Cocktail “Old Friend”


  • bourbon - 40 ml;
  • dry vermouth - 20 ml;
  • “Campari” - 20 ml;
  • crushed ice - 100 g;
  • lemon twist - 1 pc.

Method of preparation:

  • All ingredients except lemon twist, put in a glass shaker.
  • Shake for 20 seconds, strain.
  • Pour into a chilled glass.

Decorate a glass with lemon zest. Serve a cocktail is recommended in a glass for whiskey.

“Campari” liqueur has a unique taste and aroma, it is pleasant to drink it in its pure form, but not everyone likes the bitter notes typical of this bitter. In this case, the drink can be diluted or used to prepare cocktails, some of which are more popular than Campari itself.

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