We’re suckers for a taste of anything bittersweet—TV shows, movies, and especially cocktails. Why? Because we love a little edge, a little brazen, in everything we do. Seriously now, why settle for boring when you can mix it up with some Campari Cocktail recipes?

Let’s face it, we’re complex women. Sometimes we feel like a taste of something bitter, and other times, sweet is the way to go. If we’re going to take a break from our beloved wine (yeah, we’ll do that now and again), we’re heading for classic Campari gives us both options. Plus, this stuff hails from Italy, where, as we all know, creating cocktails is as much a fine art as an important science.

Depending on the recipe, we’ve learned that we can showcase the bitter or sweet flavours of the drink just by switching up the ingredients. Each drink even has its own story. Check these out.

6 Campari Cocktail Recipes

BITTER & SWEET: 6 CAMPARI COCKTAIL RECIPES

BITTER CAMPARI COCKTAILS

1. Negroni

Bitter and Sweet: Campari Cocktail Recipes for EveryoneThe Cocktail Story: Legend has it that on his return from England in 1919, Count Camillo Negroni asked his favourite bar to prepare his usual Americano with seven drops of gin instead of soda. A legend was born and still continues strong today as one of the most famous Italian cocktails in the world.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz red vermouth
  • 1 slice orange

WHAT YOU DO

Pour ingredients directly into a rock glass filled with ice, and stir.

Garnish with an orange slice.

2. Campari Seltz

Bitter and Sweet: Campari Cocktail Recipes for EveryoneThe Cocktail Story: This was the most popular drink in the bar Camparino, opened by Davide Campari himself back in 1915 and which celebrated its 100th year in 2015.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 2 oz Campari
  • 3 oz soda water

WHAT YOU DO

Pour chilled Campari directly into a glass and top up with soda.

Garnish with an orange slice.

3. Campari Spritz

Bitter and Sweet: Campari Cocktail Recipes for EveryoneThe Cocktail Story: A cocktail full of taste enhanced by the easy mix sparkling aromatic note of Prosecco. For anyone who needs a refreshing take on a classic drink.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 1/2 oz Campari
  • 2 oz Prosecco
  • splash soda water

WHAT YOU DO

Pour ingredients into a wine glass.

Garnish with an orange slice.

SWEET CAMPARI COCKTAILS

1. Negroni Sbagliato

Bitter and Sweet: Campari Cocktail Recipes for EveryoneThe Cocktail Story: Invented by a bartender in 1972 in Milan, he was asked to make an Negroni but used sparkling wine instead of gin. This mistake (sbagliato is Italian for wrong) gave rise to great cocktail success. Ideal for those who want to enjoy a few bubbles without having to forgo the classic sharp taste they know and love.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz red vermouth
  • 1 oz sparkling wine

WHAT YOU DO

Build in a double rocks glass with ice cubes and stir.

Garnish with an orange slice.

2. MI-TO

Bitter and Sweet: Campari Cocktail Recipes for EveryoneThe Cocktail Story: Campari Bitter, made in Milan, came together with red vermouth, produced in turin, in around 1870. It’s not a coincidence that the name MI-TO sounds exactly like the Italian word for myth.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz red vermouth

WHAT YOU DO

Build in a rocks glass full of ice cubes.

Garnish with an orange slice.

3. Americano

Bitter and Sweet: Campari Cocktail Recipes for EveryoneThe Cocktail Story: In 1933, Campari and red vermouth met ice and soda to create the famous Americano. Legend has it that the drink was given the nickname Primo Carnera, the first Italian to win the heavyweight boxing title in New York.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz red vermouth
  • splash soda water

WHAT YOU DO

Pour ingredients directly into an old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.

Add a splash of soda water.

Garnish with orange slice and lemon peel.

 

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