The 10 Best Campari Cocktails You Can Make At Home

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This bright red Italian liqueur is an iconic cocktail staple. Here's how to incorporate it into your cocktail recipes at home.  

Campari is arguably the most well-known Italian liqueur, with a bright red hue that makes a mark in any cocktail it’s used in (and there are indeed many). Its origins can be traced back to 1860 when Gaspare Campari came up with the formula for this bitter aperitif, which remains a closely-guarded secret to this day. One ingredient we do know of that gave Campari its bright red color was carmine, a dye derived from cochineal insects. As of 2006, the brand no longer uses this, instead turning to artificial coloring for consistency.

Regardless, the spirit remains a crucial component of classic cocktails like the Boulevardier, Americano, and most famously, the Negroni. “If you ask a bartender what their favorite cocktail is, after they tell you how difficult of a question that is since all cocktails have their time and place, they will shrug and say probably a Negroni,” says Sam Nelis, beverage director at Landcrafted Bar at Barr Hill Distillery in Vermont. “Bartenders like to taste the spirits, and a Negroni is a perfect spirit-forward cocktail. It’s the perfect balance of something strong (gin), something bitter (Campari), and a fortified wine (sweet vermouth). Campari is an excellent way to add a bitter orange flavor to citrusy drinks as well. It really helps round out the acidity and sweetness in most sour cocktails by adding that bitter fruit element for depth.”

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Here are some Campari recipes you can easily make at home yourself, provided by the brand itself and some expert bartenders.

Negroni (courtesy of Campari)

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1 oz Campari
1 oz 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
1 oz Bulldog Gin

Method: Pour ingredients over ice into a shaker. Stir and strain in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Boulevardier (courtesy of Campari)

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.75 oz Campari
.75 oz 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
1.5 oz Russell's Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon
orange slice for garnish

Method: Combine Russell’s Reserve bourbon, 1757 Vermouth di Torino and Campari in a glass, stir until combined. Pour over a large ice cube, garnish with an orange slice, and enjoy.

Mi-To (courtesy of Campari)

Kelsey Fain/Courtesy Campari

1.5 oz Campari
1.5 oz sweet vermouth

Method: Stir ingredients in mixing glass over ice, strain into an ice cold glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Negroni Sbagliato (courtesy of Campari)

Courtesy Campari

1 oz Campari
1 oz 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
1 oz Cinzano Prosecco

Method: Build ingredients over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

The Source (Batched for two)

Courtesy Campari

Created by Max Green   

1 oz Campari
2 oz Cinzano Bianco 
2 oz Appleton Reserve Rum
1 oz cachaca
1.5 oz mint tea

Method: Build all ingredients together and chill in a fridge or freezer, pour into glassware over ice and garnish with a mint rose.

Cold Brewed Boulevardier

Courtesy Campari

Created by Lucinda Sterling  

1 oz Campari
1 oz Braulio Amaro
1 oz Russell's Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon
.25 oz coffee liqueur

Method: Mix all ingredients together. Pour over ice into a rocks glass. Serve with a twist of orange.

Everything is Everything

Jakob N. Layman/Courtesy Campari

Created by Chris Amirault    

1 oz Campari
1.25 oz Bulldog Gin
.5 oz everything bagel syrup
.25 oz 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso 

Method: Build ingredients into mixing glass over ice, stir, and strain into everything bagel seasoning-rimmed glass over fresh cubed ice. 

Smoke + Mirrors

Courtesy Campari

Created by Kendra Anderson  

1 oz Campari
.5 oz Banhez Mezcal
.5 oz Espolon Blanco Tequila
1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

Method: Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing glass. Stir well to combine, then strain into an old fashioned over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

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Bulb of Florence

Courtesy @Nomtasticfoods

Created by Deke Dunne, manager and bartender at Allegory at the Eaton Hotel (Washington, DC)

1 oz Hendrick’s Gin
.75 oz Campari
.75 oz Carpano Antica
1 tbsp fennel syrup*
2 dashes orange flower water
Soda water

Method: Combine all the ingredients except for soda water into a Collins glass. Add ice. Insert spiral bar spoon and pour soda water down the spoon. The soda water will cling to the spoon and push it to the bottom of your glass, fully incorporating your drink. Garnish with fresh cucumber and enjoy.

*Bring water to a boil. Take a bushel of fennel and let it sit in the boiling water for 15 seconds. Remove from the boiling water and place in a bowl of ice water. Let set for 1 minute. Remove fennel form ice bath and place in a blender. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cups of sugar (scale each up equally the more syrup you would like to make). Blend for 30 seconds. Strain everything through a fine strainer and cheese cloth. Let cool and store in your fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Inspiration: Fennel, commonly known as Florence fennel, is common in Italy. The “Bulb of Florence” draws inspiration from the Negroni, as well as the Americano, two of Italy’s most famous cocktails that were integral in the modern cocktail Renaissance. The name “Bulb of Florence” references both fennel, which is a vegetable with a bulbous base, as well as the Florentine Enlightenment, a key area of the Italian Renaissance that saw some of the most incredible advancements in art, literature, and science.

Campari and Soda

Courtesy Marcus Meisler for That’s The Effing Drink

Created by Lindsay Nader

2 oz Campari
Fever Tree club soda

Method: Measure 2 oz of Campari over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Top with Fever Tree Club Soda and gently stir. Garnish with castelvetrano olives and enjoy.