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8 Campari Cocktails Worth Sipping

Discover eight Campari cocktails that will transport your tastebuds to Italy without a plane ride.

Campari Negroni on the Costa Smeralda Cruise Ship
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Campari is an Italian liqueur that’s both strong and bitter. Although its producer, also called Campari, closely guards its recipes, it’s fair to assume that the Campari recipe includes bitter herbs in addition to alcohol, water, aromatic plants and fruit. Shhh – Don’t tell anyone.

Negroni Sbagliato with Bottle of Campari
Crafting Campari cocktails is fun. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We’ve imbibed Campari drinks from the top of the boot in Alto Adige all the way down to the bottom in Puglia. Now we craft craft Campari cocktails at home.

These are our favorite Campari cocktail recipes:

8 Of The Best Campari Cocktails

Negroni on Lisbon Street Close Up
Follow our classic Negroni recipe and learn how to make the sophisticated Italian sipper with just five ingredients including ice. Unique for its deep red color and acerbic flavor, a Campari Negroni packs a punch with equal parts of bitter Campari, dry gin and sweet vermouth.
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Boulevardier with Peeled Orange
A Boulevardier cocktail is a Negroni crafted with bourbon instead of gin. Follow our easy recipe and craft a Boulevardier at home in just five minutes.
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Negroni Sbagliato
Negroni Sbagliato
The Negroni Sbagliato was allegedly invented by mistake. Fast forward 50 years and this mistaken 'Negroni with Prosecco' has become a worldwide sensation. Join the hype and craft one at home.
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Americano Cocktail in front of Green Tiles
The sophisticated Americano cocktail is a lazy mixologist's dream come true. Learn how to craft the classic Italian cocktail in five minutes or less.
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Garibaldi Cocktail with Black Background
The Garibaldi Cocktail, one of summer's hottest drinks, is a sophisticated Italian tipple. Follow our super simple recipe and craft a refreshing Garibaldi at home.
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Jungle Bird Cocktail with Grey Background
Jungle Bird
Go wild and craft a Jungle Bird cocktail at home! Despite its surprisingly simple recipe, the sophisticated tiki cocktail is a delight whether you live in an actual jungle or an urban one.
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Old Pal Cocktail with Black Background Angled View
Old Pal
The Old Pal is a boozier version of the Negroni and Boulevardier. It's also delicious. Craft one at home in just five minutes and find out if the Old Pal will be your new best friend.
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Siesta Cocktail with White Background from Above
You won't want to take a siesta when you sip a Siesta cocktail. This tequila cocktail is fun and sophisticated with a pink color and complex flavor. Plus, it's so easy to craft at home that you can drink a Siesta and then take one too.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Campari taste like?

Campari tastes bitter with notes of citrus and spices. It’s not a liqueur that’s easy to sip on its own but it tastes great in cocktails.

Is Campari high in alcohol?

No. Despite its strong flavor profile, Campari’s 24% ABV is relatively mild.

Where was Campari invented?

Campari was invented in Novara, a city in Italy’s Piedmont region.

Is Campari popular in Italy.

Yes. Campari is considered to be the national drink of Italy.

Is Campari the same as Aperol?

No. Campari is red while Aprerol is orange. Both liqueurs are bitter but have different flavors.

What is the most popular Campari cocktail?

The Negroni is the most popular Campari cocktail in Italy and around the world.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: February 27, 2023

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