Campari and Orange Cocktail Drink

Campari and Orange

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

This Campari and Orange recipe is perfect after a vibrant cocktail! It’s delightful and super easy to make with fresh ingredients.

Campari and Orange Recipe

Enjoy aperitivo the Italian way with our easy Campari and Orange recipe! The simple mix of Campari and fresh orange juice makes for a light, refreshing cocktail you’ll be making again and again.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

165 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Campari
  • 4 oz fresh orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Optional: handheld frother or blender

Instructions

  • Squeeze oranges so you have more or less 4 oz fresh orange juice.
  • Optional: Transfer the juice inside a large glass or bow. Using a handheld frother, mix it to aerate it and make it “fluffy”. Another way of doing this is putting the orange juice in a blender and blend it on high speed without ice for 10-15 seconds.
  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 1½ oz Campari over the ice.
  • Add 4 oz fresh orange juice into the glass.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Place an orange slice or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: You can use any brand of aperitivo bitter you like for this recipe (Strucchi, Select, Gran Classico Bitter, Martini Bitter…). If you don't have any on hand, Aperol is a good alternative. It's slightly sweeter less bitter but still brings that orange essence.
  • Orange Juice: Bottled orange juice can work as well, although we highly recommend using fresh orange juice to make this cocktail shine. If you're out of oranges, you can also use grapefruit juice for a more tart flavor. Blood oranges are also a great option.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Campari and 32 oz of fresh orange juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Campari and orange juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or for bitter soft drinks such as Crodino (prefer the red one) or San Bitter. To give it an additional twist, you can also make a simple syrup infused with orange and grapefruit peels; a drop of this syrup will give your drink an extra touch of both fruitiness and bitterness.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular ingredient, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

It seems that Campari is not vegan friendly as small amounts of gelatines appeared to be used during the filtration process. For this reason, you may want to switch to another bitter liqueur (Select Aperitivo is a vegan-friendly alternative). Remember to always check your ingredients' labels as well as the brands’ websites to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
165
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
227
mg
6
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Vitamin A
 
227
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
57
mg
69
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Campari and Orange Cocktail Drink

Campari and Orange Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy aperitivo the Italian way with our easy Campari and Orange recipe! The simple mix of Campari and fresh orange juice makes for a light, refreshing cocktail you’ll be making again and again.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 165

Ingredients
 

  • oz Campari
  • 4 oz fresh orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Optional: handheld frother or blender

Instructions

  • Squeeze oranges so you have more or less 4 oz fresh orange juice.
  • Optional: Transfer the juice inside a large glass or bow. Using a handheld frother, mix it to aerate it and make it “fluffy”. Another way of doing this is putting the orange juice in a blender and blend it on high speed without ice for 10-15 seconds.
  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 1½ oz Campari over the ice.
  • Add 4 oz fresh orange juice into the glass.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Place an orange slice or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: You can use any brand of aperitivo bitter you like for this recipe (Strucchi, Select, Gran Classico Bitter, Martini Bitter…). If you don't have any on hand, Aperol is a good alternative. It's slightly sweeter less bitter but still brings that orange essence.
  • Orange Juice: Bottled orange juice can work as well, although we highly recommend using fresh orange juice to make this cocktail shine. If you're out of oranges, you can also use grapefruit juice for a more tart flavor. Blood oranges are also a great option.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Campari and 32 oz of fresh orange juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Campari and orange juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or for bitter soft drinks such as Crodino (prefer the red one) or San Bitter. To give it an additional twist, you can also make a simple syrup infused with orange and grapefruit peels; a drop of this syrup will give your drink an extra touch of both fruitiness and bitterness.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular ingredient, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

It seems that Campari is not vegan friendly as small amounts of gelatines appeared to be used during the filtration process. For this reason, you may want to switch to another bitter liqueur (Select Aperitivo is a vegan-friendly alternative). Remember to always check your ingredients' labels as well as the brands’ websites to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

What is a Campari and Orange?

A Campari and Orange, also known as a Garibaldi cocktail, is a bitter, fruity cocktail made of Campari liqueur and fresh orange juice. This drink is not complicated as it only requires two ingredients: Campari and orange juice, typically served over ice in a highball glass. It’s an ideal choice for those who enjoy refreshing drinks with a bit of bite.

Despite its simplicity, this cocktail offers a sophisticated taste experience due to the complexity of its main ingredient – Campari. The recipe for this Italian spirit has been kept secret since 1860, but we know it involves various herbs and spices, which give the drink its unique flavor profile when combined with the natural sweetness from the oranges.

A side shot of a Campari and Orange cocktail in a highball glass on a green placemat placed on a wooden table with a jigger and a green bowl with orange wedge around.

What is a Campari and Orange made of – The ingredients

To begin crafting your Campari and Orange, assemble these ingredients:

  • Campari: A bitter Italian aperitif that gives the cocktail its distinctive red color and unique flavor.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: Adds a sweet, tangy taste to balance out the bitterness of the Campari.
  • Ice Cubes: Used to chill the drink without diluting the strong flavors.
  • Orange Slice or Twist (Optional): Serves as a garnish, enhancing the presentation and adding a hint of extra citrus flavor.

Campari, fresh orange juice and orange laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Campari and Orange?

Create your own Campari and Orange by following our easy-to-follow steps:

1
<p>Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. This will add some dilution and ensure that your drink stays chilled for a longer period.</p>

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. This will add some dilution and ensure that your drink stays chilled for a longer period.

2
<p>Pour 1 1/2 ounces of Campari into the glass. Campari is a bitter, dark red liqueur from Italy, and it's the key ingredient in this cocktail.</p>

Pour 1 1/2 ounces of Campari into the glass. Campari is a bitter, dark red liqueur from Italy, and it's the key ingredient in this cocktail.

3
<p>Next, add 4 ounces of fresh orange juice to the glass. The sweet and tangy flavor of the orange juice perfectly balances the bitterness of the Campari.</p>

Next, add 4 ounces of fresh orange juice to the glass. The sweet and tangy flavor of the orange juice perfectly balances the bitterness of the Campari.

4
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a cocktail spoon. This will help to combine the Campari and orange juice, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a cocktail spoon. This will help to combine the Campari and orange juice, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

5
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with an orange slice or an orange twist. This adds a touch of elegance to your cocktail and enhances its orange flavor. Serve immediately.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with an orange slice or an orange twist. This adds a touch of elegance to your cocktail and enhances its orange flavor. Serve immediately.

Optionally, as a suggestion, and before starting the previous steps, you can transfer the fresh orange juice inside a large glass or bow. Using a handheld frother, mix it to aerate it and make it “fluffy”. Another way of doing this is putting the orange juice in a blender and blend it on high speed without ice for 10-15 seconds. There should be a thin layer of foam forming on top of the orange juice.

History and Origin

Gaspare Campari, born in 1828, made the famous red liqueur we know as Campari. He started making drinks at Bass Bar in Turin when he was young. His love for mixing drinks led him to create a unique mix of herbs, plants with strong smells, and fruit peels soaked in alcohol and water. This mix became known as Campari, and people loved it because of its unique bitter taste.

The Campari and Orange cocktail came into being much later. No one knows exactly when or who first mixed these two ingredients. However, most people believe this cocktail started in the middle of the 20th century. During this time, Italians started mixing Campari with different things to make it less bitter.

Orange juice became a favorite because it is naturally sweet and sour. This balanced the bitterness of the Campari perfectly. The mix became very popular, and you could find it in many Italian bars and homes.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the cocktail became famous worldwide. This happened when Campari started showing ads with glamorous people enjoying their drinks in beautiful places. These ads made the cocktail look classy and elegant.

A Campari and Orange cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Campari, fresh orange juice and orange

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Campari and Orange drink?
A standard serving contains approximately 150 calories. However, this can vary depending on the amount of Campari used and the size of the orange juice serving.
How strong is a Campari and Orange cocktail?
The strength depends on the ratio of ingredients used. If using the recipe in this article, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 6 % and a proof of 12. This makes it a light cocktail, with an ABV/proof similar to a beer.
What type of alcohol is used in a Campari and Orange drink?
The primary alcohol used is as the name suggests, Campari. It's an Italian bitter liqueur known for its distinctive red color and complex flavor profile.
In what kind of glass is a Campari and Orange served?
Traditionally, it's served in a highball glass. An old-fashioned or rocks glass can be used as well.
What does a Campari and Orange taste like?
The cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The bitterness of the Campari perfectly balances with the sweetness of the orange juice, resulting in a refreshing, slightly bitter-sweet taste with citrus undertones.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Campari and Orange?
The typical ratio is one part Campari to three parts orange juice. However, you can adjust this to suit your taste preference.
How is a Campari and Orange served with ice?
A classic Campari and Orange cocktail is usually served over ice. This helps to dilute the strong flavors slightly while keeping the drink refreshingly cold.

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