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Garibaldi Cocktail Recipe

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.

Garibaldi Cocktail from Above with Black Background

When we watched Garibaldi cocktails fly through the bar at Loup-Garou, a bustling natural wine bar in Vienna’s 7th district, it was a matter of mere minutes before we ordered the drink ourselves. After taking our first sips, it was inevitable that we would soon craft the delightful summer sipper at home.

Those first sips were nothing short of a cocktail revelation. While our initial Garibaldi cocktail was colorful and frothy, it maintained an urbane element thanks to the herbaceous addition of Campari.

Garibaldi Cocktail at Loup-Garou in Vienna
Drinking this Garibaldi at a Vienna wine bar inspired us to craft the Italian cocktail at home.

And guess what? It’s not only possible to drink an excellent Garibaldi cocktail in Italy, Austria or even Austin. It’s just as easy to craft and drink Garibaldi cocktails at home.

What Is a Garibaldi Cocktail?

Garibaldi Cocktail with Black Background
Despite its short ingredient list, the Garibaldi is a cocktail that warrants attention.

Crafting a Garibaldi cocktail requires two primary ingredients – Campari and fresh orange juice. These two ingredients, one bitter and one sweet, come together to create a flavor sensation that’s ideal for any pre-dinner aperitivo session involving meat, cheese or olives.

Similar to G&T and Whiskey Ginger cocktails, the Garibaldi tastes better than the sum of its two parts. And like those other two-ingredient cocktails, the Garibaldi is as easy to drink as it is to craft.

History of the Garibaldi Cocktail

Pouring Campari into a Garibaldi Cocktail
It’s fair to say that the Garibaldi’s history started when Campari liqueur was first created.

The Garibaldi cocktail history has a few events in its timeline and they’re all important. However, the most crucial event happened in 1860 when Gaspare Campari invented his self-named liqueur in Milan. After all, there would be no Garibaldi cocktail without his red bitter liqueur.

Despite Campari’s contribution, the bitter orange cocktail was actually inspired and named after Giuseppe Garibaldi. The 19th century Italian is notable for his role in uniting disparate Italian regions to form the Kingdom of Italy just one year after Campari’s aromatic creation.

Fun Fact
Garibaldi cookies made with currants are also named after the influential Italian general.

Garibaldi Cocktail with Yellow Background
You don’t have travel to Italy to imbibe a proper Garibaldi cocktail. We imbibed this one while reclining on our couch.

The final key event occurred half way around the world more than a century later. That’s when bartender Naren Young introduced New York City to the Garibaldi cocktail. His version, crafted with “Campari and fluffy orange juice,” remains on Dante‘s menu as a signature cocktail to this day.

Garibaldi Drink Ingredients

Garibaldi Cocktail Ingredients Close Up
You only need the following ingredients to craft a Garibaldi cocktail: Campari liqueur, orange juice, an orange wedge and ice cubes.

The Garibaldi’s ingredient list is both short and sweet. In fact, you probably already have the necessary ingredients at home. If not, the following items should be easy to secure:

  • Campari
  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Orange Wedge (Garnish)
  • Ice Cubes
Garibaldi Cocktail Liquid Ingredients
Campari liqueur and freshly squeezed orange juice are the two liquid ingredients in our Garibaldi cocktail recipe.

While freshly squeezing the orange juice isn’t mandatory, doing so will enhance your cocktail’s flavor and fluff. Plus, it’s easy to do with a juicer. However, there’s no substitute for Campari in our Giribaldi recipe.

Campari is a complex liqueur that derives its herbaceous tones from 50+ secret ingredients that include bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit. Not only is it a key ingredient in Italian cocktails like this one, but it’s also great for making simple summer spritzes with soda or sparkling wine.

How to Craft a Garibaldi

Garibaldi Cocktail Mise en Place
Assembling the ingredients and tools is key when crafting a Garibaldi cocktail.

We use the following tools in our Garibaldi recipe:

You can improvise if you’re missing any of these tools. For example, you can use a small angled measuring cup instead of a jigger. You can also use a cocktail shaker if you don’t have a hand blender.

Discover 10 necessary bar tools for lazy mixologists.

Juicing an Orange
Using a citrus juicer saves both time and effort.

Step 1: Freshly squeeze orange juice from an orange.

Pro Tip
Using an electric citrus juicer will make this step a breeze.

Whipping Orange Juice with a Hand Mixer
We used a hand blender to whip our orange juice. Doing so was a great time saver.

Step 2: Whip the freshly squeezed orange juice with a hand blender.

Pro Tip
If you skip this step, your cocktail will taste good but it won’t be fluffy.

Step 3: Measure the whipped orange juice and Campari, immediately pouring each into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.

We use a Japanese jigger for this step to ensure accurate measurements and avoid spillage.

Purchase a Japanese jigger if you don’t have a jigger or want an inexpensive upgrade.

Stirring a Garibaldi Cocktail
Stirring the Girabaldi is when the cocktail’s flavors become defined.

Step 4: Gently stir the whipped orange juice and Campari.

Pro Tip
We use a bar spoon for this step but you can use any long spoon in your utensil drawer.

Garibaldi Cocktail with Straw and Black Background
We got fancy and garnished this Garibaldi cocktail with a dehydrated orange wedge.

Step 5: Garnish with an orange wedge.

Pro Tip
If you’re feeling fancy, dehydrate an orange slice to use as an alternate garnish. If you don’t have a dehydrator, just place an orange slice on a baking rack in a 140°F/60°C convection oven for about 4 to 6 hours.

Garibaldi Variations

Garibaldi Cocktail with Campari Bottle and White Background
Campari is a versatile liqueur. After you craft your Garibaldi cocktail, you can use it to craft multiple cocktail variations.

Mastering the Garibaldi cocktail is easy. Once you accomplish this non-formidable task, you can multi-task with your bottle of Campari to craft the following cocktail variations:

  • Add Prosecco to craft a Garibaldi Spritz cocktail.
  • Craft an Americano cocktail with Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda.
  • Craft a Boulevardier cocktail with Campari, bourbon and sweet vermouth.
  • Craft a Negroni cocktail with Campari, gin and sweet vermouth.
  • Replace the orange juice with blood orange juice to craft a more vibrant Garibaldi cocktail.

Garibaldi Drink Recipe

Garibaldi Cocktail with White Background

Garibaldi Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Garibaldi cocktail is an Italian classic. Learn how to craft one at home in just five minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Campari
  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed and whipped
  • 1 orange wedge
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour Campari and whipped orange juice into the glass. Gently stir.
  3. Garnish with orange wedge.

    Notes

    • While you don't have to use freshly squeezed orange juice, doing so will create a better cocktail.
    • We use a hand blender to whip our orange juice but dry shaking the orange juice works too.
    About the Authors

    About the Authors

    Daryl & 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 and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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    Original Publication Date: June 30, 2022

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