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Campari Spritz

The Campari Spritz is a libation that marries the bold and assertive notes of the iconic Italian aperitif, Campari, with the charm of Prosecco and the crisp refreshment of soda water. The mixture of Campari with Prosecco adds layers of complexity to the drink. Prosecco, hailing from the Veneto region of Italy, contributes a light and crisp profile with a subtle sweetness.

campari spritz cocktail with red bitter, tonic, lime and ice.

This delicate sweetness beautifully complements the bitter undertones of Campari, creating a harmonious balance that dances on the taste buds. It’s a union of opposites—an interplay of bold and subtle, bitter and sweet—that elevates the Campari Spritz beyond the realm of mere refreshment.

What makes the Campari Spritz truly exceptional is its versatility. Whether enjoyed on a scorching summer day, providing a cooling respite, or served as an invigorating aperitif before a meal, it effortlessly adapts to various occasions.

History

The Campari Spritz is a classic Italian aperitif that has gained popularity worldwide. The history of the spritz dates back to the 1800s when it was created during the period of the Habsburg domination in Veneto under the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia.

Campari, the main ingredient in the Campari Spritz, was invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. 

The Campari Spritz is a bold and assertive Italian aperitif that has become an iconic drink. It is often served in Italy as an aperitivo, which is a pre-dinner drink designed to stimulate the appetite. The drink is similar to the Aperol Spritz, which is made with Aperol instead of Campari. Both drinks are popular Italian cocktails that are often served in speakeasies and bars around the world.

See also  Mulled Wine

In recent years, the Campari Spritz has gained popularity due in part to the work of bartenders like Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric, who helped to popularize the drink at their Employees Only bar in New York City. The drink has also gained popularity as a predecessor to other popular Italian cocktails, such as the Negroni, the Americano, and the Negroni Sbagliato.

How to Make It

Making a Campari Spritz is a simple process that requires only a few ingredients. The recipe is easy to follow and can be modified to suit your taste preferences. Here’s how to make a refreshing Campari Spritz at home.

campari spritz cocktail with red bitter, tonic, lime and ice.

Campari Spritz

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making a Campari Spritz is a simple process that requires only a few ingredients. The recipe is easy to follow and can be modified to suit your taste preferences.

Here's how to make a refreshing Campari Spritz at home.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Campari
  • 3 oz Prosecco or sparkling wine
  • 1 oz Soda water or flavored sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange wedge or slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz. of Campari to the glass.
  3. Pour 3 oz. of Prosecco or sparkling wine into the glass.
  4. Top off the glass with soda water or flavored sparkling water.
  5. Stir the ingredients together gently.
  6. Garnish with an orange wedge or slice.

Variations

The Campari spritz is a refreshing and iconic cocktail that has been enjoyed by many for years. While the classic recipe is delicious, there are many variations that you can try to mix things up. Here are a few variations that you can try at home:

Aperol Spritz

If you find Campari to be too bitter, try swapping it out for Aperol. Aperol is a sweeter and less bitter Italian aperitif that is a great alternative to Campari. Simply replace Campari with Aperol in the classic recipe, and you will have an Aperol Spritz.

Gin Spritz

If you are a gin lover, try making a Gin Spritz. Replace Campari with gin and add a splash of soda water to the classic recipe. This will give you a refreshing and bubbly cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day.

Negroni Sbagliato

This cocktail is a variation of the classic Negroni cocktail. Instead of using gin, replace it with dry prosecco. This will give you a lighter and bubblier cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.

Orange Spritz

To add a fruity twist to your Campari spritz, try adding fresh orange juice to the classic recipe. You can also garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge or slice to enhance the orange flavor.

Boulevardier

This cocktail is a variation of the classic Negroni cocktail. Replace the whiskey with Campari and add dry prosecco to the classic recipe. This will give you a refreshing and bubbly cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.

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