Campari Spritz Cocktail Drink

Campari Spritz

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Campari Spritz recipe is perfect for a quick and tasty cocktail. Gather the ingredients, make it in minutes, and savor your delicious drink!

Campari Spritz Recipe

Refresh your senses with this straightforward Campari Spritz recipe! Combining Prosecco, Campari, and soda water, this bubbly cocktail is a delightful pick-me-up.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

193 kl

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 2 oz Campari
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice, for gasnish. optional

Equipment

  • Wine Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your wine glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Campari: Measure and pour 2 oz Campari into the glass.
  • Add Prosecco: Pour 3 oz Prosecco over the ice.
  • Add Soda Water: Add 1 oz soda water to the mix.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a slice of orange.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: I often use Aperol for a lighter, less bitter profile; it still brings a lovely orange essence. If you're looking for a non-alcoholic option, a combination of non-alcoholic aperitif and a splash of orange juice works well.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine or Champagne can replace Prosecco. I've used Cava, which brings the spritz a crisp, refreshing taste.
  • Soda Water: Club soda or any unflavored sparkling water can stand for soda water.

Making a Pitcher of Campari Spritz:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, use 24 oz of Prosecco, 16 oz of Campari, and 8 oz of soda water.
  • Mix: Combine Prosecco, Campari, and soda water in a large pitcher and stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled wine glasses, garnish with an orange slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic aperitif and a splash of orange juice to mimic the flavor of Campari.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or club soda.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the non-alcoholic substitutes, follow the original steps, and savor a refreshing non-alcoholic Campari Spritz.

Making it Vegan:

  • Choose Vegan Prosecco: Some Proseccos use animal products during the fining process. Look for brands that specify they are vegan.
  • Check Campari: Most Campari is vegan, but it's always good to check the label for any animal-derived ingredients.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you have your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps and relish your vegan Campari Spritz.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
193
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
12
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Potassium
 
75
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Campari Spritz Cocktail Drink

Campari Spritz Recipe

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Refresh your senses with this straightforward Campari Spritz recipe! Combining Prosecco, Campari, and soda water, this bubbly cocktail is a delightful pick-me-up.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 193

Ingredients
 

  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 2 oz Campari
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice - for gasnish. optional

Equipment

  • Wine Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your wine glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Campari: Measure and pour 2 oz Campari into the glass.
  • Add Prosecco: Pour 3 oz Prosecco over the ice.
  • Add Soda Water: Add 1 oz soda water to the mix.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a slice of orange.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: I often use Aperol for a lighter, less bitter profile; it still brings a lovely orange essence. If you're looking for a non-alcoholic option, a combination of non-alcoholic aperitif and a splash of orange juice works well.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine or Champagne can replace Prosecco. I've used Cava, which brings the spritz a crisp, refreshing taste.
  • Soda Water: Club soda or any unflavored sparkling water can stand for soda water.

Making a Pitcher of Campari Spritz:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, use 24 oz of Prosecco, 16 oz of Campari, and 8 oz of soda water.
  • Mix: Combine Prosecco, Campari, and soda water in a large pitcher and stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled wine glasses, garnish with an orange slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic aperitif and a splash of orange juice to mimic the flavor of Campari.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or club soda.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the non-alcoholic substitutes, follow the original steps, and savor a refreshing non-alcoholic Campari Spritz.

Making it Vegan:

  • Choose Vegan Prosecco: Some Proseccos use animal products during the fining process. Look for brands that specify they are vegan.
  • Check Campari: Most Campari is vegan, but it's always good to check the label for any animal-derived ingredients.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you have your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps and relish your vegan Campari Spritz.

 

What is a Campari Spritz?

A Campari Spritz is a cocktail that combines Campari, Prosecco, and soda water, creating a bubbly and delightful experience. The drink is known for its bold, refreshing flavors and it originates from Italy. The name “Spritz” reflects the spritzing of soda water, a step that lightens the drink and adds a refreshing fizz.

A side shot of a Campari Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a beige table with orange slices in front and a half orange behind.

What is a Campari Spritz made of – The ingredients

Here’s what goes into a Campari Spritz:

  • Campari: Adds a distinctive bitterness and vibrant red color to the drink.
  • Prosecco: Contributes bubblyness and a touch of sweetness, balancing the bitterness of Campari.
  • Soda Water: Enhances the drink’s carbonation and lightens the overall flavor profile.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the drink, making it more refreshing.
  • Orange Slice (optional): Provides a citrusy garnish, enhancing the drink’s aroma and adding a subtle fruity flavor.

Campari, prosecco and club soda laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Campari Spritz?

Learn to mix a Campari Spritz using our easy steps.

1
<p>Start by filling a wine glass with ice cubes to chill the drink and keep it refreshing.</p>

Start by filling a wine glass with ice cubes to chill the drink and keep it refreshing.

2
<p>Measure and pour 2 oz of Campari into the glass, introducing a bold bitterness and a vibrant red color.</p>

Measure and pour 2 oz of Campari into the glass, introducing a bold bitterness and a vibrant red color.

3
<p>Pour 3 oz of Prosecco over the ice to add sweetness and effervescence to the cocktail.</p>

Pour 3 oz of Prosecco over the ice to add sweetness and effervescence to the cocktail.

4
<p>Add 1 oz of soda water to the concoction, enhancing the carbonation and lightening the overall flavor profile.</p>

Add 1 oz of soda water to the concoction, enhancing the carbonation and lightening the overall flavor profile.

5
<p>Gently stir the ingredients with a bar spoon to mix the flavors without losing the fizz.</p>

Gently stir the ingredients with a bar spoon to mix the flavors without losing the fizz.

6
<p>Garnish the drink with an orange slice to infuse a subtle citrusy aroma and flavor.</p>

Garnish the drink with an orange slice to infuse a subtle citrusy aroma and flavor.

What is the difference between an Aperol Spritz, a Negroni, and a Campari Spritz?

The Aperol Spritz, Negroni, and Campari Spritz are distinct cocktails with unique compositions and flavors. An Aperol Spritz is lighter and sweeter, combining Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water, making it a refreshing and approachable choice with an ABV of around 11%. In contrast, a Negroni mixes gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari in equal parts, offering a more robust and balanced blend of sweet, bitter, and botanical flavors with a higher ABV of around 24%. A Campari Spritz, on the other hand, blends the bold and bitter taste of Campari with the sweetness and effervescence of Prosecco and the lightness of soda water, creating a vibrant and refreshing cocktail, also with an ABV of around 24%. The differences in ingredients, sweetness, bitterness, and alcohol content make each of these cocktails suitable for different palates and occasions.

A Campari Spritz cocktail, shot from above, in a wine glass with two orange slices in front on a beige table.

Campari Spritz Cocktail Variations

Ready to try something new? Check out some of our Campari Spritz variations.

  • Cynar Spritz: Standing out with its unique artichoke taste, this spritz adds an herbal twist to the traditional elements, offering a refreshing change. The herbal notes are particularly enjoyable, bringing a fresh and unique taste.
  • Non-Alcoholic Spritz: Enjoy the bubbly and refreshing taste of a spritz without alcohol in this version. It retains the classic essence while being inclusive for all.
  • Elderflower Spritz: Adding a floral and fragrant touch, this spritz becomes more sophisticated. The use of elderflower liqueur brings a delicate aroma that enhances the overall experience.
  • Limoncello Spritz: Perfect for citrus fans, this spritz features a lemony and sweet flavor. The refreshing touch of Limoncello balances well with zesty flavors, ideal for a sunny day.
  • Pomegranate Spritz: With a tart and sweet flavor, this choice is fruity and vibrant. Rich in color and deep in flavor, the pomegranate juice is a delightful addition.
  • Ginger Spritz: Get a spicy kick from ginger beer or ginger ale in this spritz. The added fizz and spice make it exciting and zesty, with the ginger’s bold and energizing flavor being a highlight.
  • Champagne Spritz: Luxurious and refined, this spritz incorporates Champagne for a festive and sophisticated feel.
  • Rosé Spritz: Fruity and floral, this spritz uses rosé wine for a light and aromatic option.
  • Grapefruit Spritz: Incorporating grapefruit juice, this spritz offers a tangy and slightly bitter taste, refreshing and citrusy. The grapefruit adds a unique flavor.
  • St. Germain Spritz: This spritz, made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, delivers sweet and floral notes. The liqueur creates a fragrant and harmonious blend.
  • Raspberry Spritz: Adding a sweet and tart flavor, this spritz is enriched with raspberry syrup or liqueur, making it fruity and flavorful.
  • Peach Spritz: Enjoy the sweet and juicy flavor of peach in this spritz, derived from peach liqueur or nectar. The peach flavor makes it delightful and tasty.
  • Melon Spritz: This spritz includes melon liqueur for a sweet and refreshing taste, perfect for summer enjoyment. The melon flavor enhances its appeal.

A side shot of a Campari Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a beige table with orange slices in front and a half orange behind.

History and Origins of the Campari Spritz

The history of the Campari Spritz traces back to the Veneto region of Italy. The term “spritz” originally referred to a wine-based drink in Austria in the 19th century, where soldiers would dilute the local wines with water to make them more palatable. The concept of spritz traveled to the Veneto region during the Austrian Empire’s rule.

Campari, the distinctive ingredient in Campari Spritz, has roots in 1860, when Gaspare Campari invented it in Novara, Italy. It’s a bitter liqueur known for its vibrant red color and unique flavor profile, made from a secret recipe that combines different herbs, plants, and fruit peels.

The combination of the spritz concept with Campari likely occurred in the early 20th century in Northern Italy. Locals would mix sparkling water and wine, and eventually, they started adding a splash of different bitters, including Campari, to create a refreshing and flavorful aperitif. This concoction became especially popular in the Veneto region, where people would enjoy it in the early evening as a palate opener before dinner.

As it is known today, the Campari Spritz gained widespread popularity in the 21st century. It typically consists of Prosecco, Campari, and soda water, garnished with a slice of orange.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Campari Spritz?
It contains approximately 150 calories, depending on the specific ingredients.
How strong is a Campari Spritz?
It has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 11%, making it 22-proof, depending on the Prosecco ratio.
What alcohol is used in a Campari Spritz?
Campari and Prosecco are the alcoholic ingredients.
In which glass is a Campari Spritz typically served?
It's generally served in a wine glass.
What does a Campari Spritz taste like?
It tastes bitter, sweet, and bubbly, with the distinctive flavor of Campari balanced by the sweetness and effervescence of Prosecco.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Campari Spritz?
The typical ratio is 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Campari, and 1 part soda water.
How is a Campari Spritz served regarding ice and presentation?
It's served over ice, usually garnished with an orange slice.
Is the recipe for Campari a secret?
Yes, the recipe for Campari is a closely guarded secret, known only to a select few.
Is there a specific type of Prosecco best for a Campari Spritz?
A dry or extra dry Prosecco is usually preferred to balance the sweetness and bitterness.
Is Campari the same as Aperol?
No, while both are Italian aperitifs, Campari is more bitter, and Aperol is sweeter and lighter in alcohol.
Can I adjust the sweetness of a Campari Spritz?
Yes, changing the amount of Prosecco or choosing a sweeter sparkling wine can modify the sweetness.

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