If you’re not a wiz at mixing cocktails but you’d like to serve an apéritif over the holidays to help stimulate conversation among your guests before the meal, make something simple like this Campari orange cocktail. No muddling, no layering and no fancy equipment required. You just need fresh orange juice, ice and, of course, Campari.
What is Campari? According to the Campari website:
Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. Many have tried to guess the number of ingredients: some say there are 20 or 60, but others list the ingredients at 80. To this day, alcohol and water are the only known ingredients of its special and secret recipe. Its vibrant red colour, intense aroma and distinctive bitter taste make it extremely versatile, and the perfect base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world.
I don’t really care how many ingredients there are in Campari or what the formula is for making it. It’s good, period, and it goes so well with citrus juices. Try this Capari orange cocktail to understand why.
This is a very basic recipe for Campari orange cocktail. Note, though, that it can be tweaked in a number of ways.
First, depending on how strong or light you want your drink, you can use less or more orange juice. Martha Stewart favors a one-to-one ratio.
Second, there are recipes, like Ina Garten’s, that add sparkling water to the drink.
I like the one part Campari with two parts orange juice formula.
- 1 part Campari
- 2 parts fresh orange juice
- orange wedges, to garnish
- For best results, chill the glasses for half an hour before mixing the drink.
- Drop a few pieces of ice cubes into glasses.
- Measure the Campari and orange juice, and pour directly into the glasses.
- Throw in an orange wedge into each glass.
- Serve your Campari orange cocktail and enjoy.