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7 Best Campari Cocktails

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Campari is, in all probability, the greatest contribution Italy has made to the cocktailing word. There are no substitutions for the bittersweet liqueur; nothing tastes quite like it. The vermillion-hued liqueur tastes of bitter orange rinds, with a subtle sweetness of cherry and a touch of spicy cinnamon. While it can be enjoyed by itself as an aperitif, we think it’s best in a cocktail. Here, the seven best classic cocktails that use Campari.

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If you own a bottle of Campari, chances are you’re using it to make Negronis on the daily. The classic aperitif is considered by many to be the ultimate in cocktail alchemy, hitting on sweet, bitter, dry and botanical notes with every sip. With equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, it’s nearly impossible to screw up.

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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Should you dare mess with the Negroni’s sacred ingredient list, it better be by adding rye whiskey to the mix in place of gin. That simple swap transforms the bright, bracing drink into a round and mellow cocktail that still manages to maintain the Negroni’s signature Campari edge.

The Essentials

Rye
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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How about ditching the hard liquor altogether in favor of just Campari and sweet vermouth? The two liqueurs stand just fine on their own, especially when topped with bubbly club soda and an orange twist. It’s a light, revitalizing and low-ABV aperitivo, ideal for all-day sipping.

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
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This modern-day classic twists the grapefruity Hemingway Daiquiri by swapping in silver tequila for rum, and Campari for maraschino liqueur. The result is tart and refreshing, with bittersweet grapefruit playing up Campari’s candied orange notes. It’s a wonderful cocktail to enjoy before taking a siesta of your own.

The Essentials

Silver Tequila
Grapefruit Juice
Campari
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Dark and mysterious, the Jungle Bird features two boozy heavyweights—bittersweet Campari and funky blackstrap rum—to yield a layered, unconventional tiki cocktail, balanced out with pineapple and lime juice. It’s the tropical way to drink through a bottle of Campari.

The Essentials

Blackstrap Rum
Pineapple Juice
Campari

When the heat of summer hits, there’s nothing better than juicy watermelon to cool you down. In this icy cocktail by Ignacio Jimenez of New York City's Ghost Donkey, watermelon pureé is blended with blanco tequila, strawberry syrup and Campari. The amaro balances out the sweeter elements of the drink, while a spicy Sriracha salt rim gives the cocktail a fiery kick.

The Essentials

Blanco tequila
watermelon purée
Campari

The Negroni has a stiff upper lip, often taken too seriously by bartenders and drinkers alike. So how do you inject some fun into the drink? Turn it into an ice cream float. Created by Pamela Wiznitzer of New York City’s Seamstress, this Negroni float is topped with a heap of vanilla ice cream and fizzy vanilla soda. Garnish it with tons of rainbow sprinkles for an extra dose of childhood nostalgia.

The Essentials

Campari
Gin
vanilla ice cream

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