Aperitif • Bitter

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There are numerous not-quite-definitive histories of this wildly popular aperitif. We’re partial to the one Gaspare Campari created in 1860 at his cafe in Milan, Italy. This light, refreshing, low-alcohol drink (it’s a Negroni without the gin) was originally called a Milano-Torino, but was renamed during Prohibition to appeal to American expats who’d adopted it as their own.

The Essentials

Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
Bar Spoon
The Details


1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
Orange Twist (for garnish)


  • Add Campari and vermouth to ice-filled glass.
  • Top with soda and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.

Mix it Up

You can substitute Punt e Mes for the sweet vermouth, which makes it ever so slightly more bitter. Some would argue this is how the drink should be made, as Punt e Mes is from Torino, corresponding to the drink’s original name.

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