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Campari

Herbal & Spice Liqueur /48% ABV / Italy

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Product details

Category
Herbal & Spice Liqueur
Region
Italy
ABV
48%
Liquor Flavor
Floral, Herbal, Orange, Tangerine
Tasting Notes
Bitter, Floral, Fresh, Fruity, Herbal, Spicy, Sweet
Specialty
Botanical, Gluten-Free
Base Ingredients
Fruit
Food Pairing
Cured Meats, Fruit - Dried, Nuts, Pasta

Product description

Campari is an Italian aperitivo with a signature red color and versatile bitter flavor. Campari is a staple ingredient for your home bar as it is the base for dozens of classic cocktails and variations including the Negroni. Campari was created in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. It has been made according to a secret family recipe for 160 years.

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  • Shannon Provost.
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    Earthy and rich. Perfect for those Negronis and Boulevardiers.

  • Erin

    The absolute best, hands down. A classic for a reason!

  • Cathy
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    Campari is not an acceptable replacement for Aperol

  • Scott
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    Makes excellent negronis.

  • Kate
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    Nothing like it in the world! Just perfect

  • Alissa Morabito

    Krystal Bick sent me here! I never tried Campari before until she showed me how on her instagram!

  • Donald, "Moose" Winsley

    I was introduced to Campari when stationed in Germany, 1976-80 while skiing in northern Italy. When I came home, to Michigan, I introduced my neighbor to Campari and tonic. I had been telling her how this just seemed to take the heat of the day and make it go away. Well now the Negroni is my Fav evening, out on the patio drinks to end the day. Those of you who say it tastes like medicine, well you most likely didn't like the taste of coffee your first cup. Give a try, on a warm summer night, sitting outside with Tonic water. I think you'll be surprised.

  • Joshua B.
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    I hate campari, but my friends love it. The campari was indeed campari.

  • Matthew B.
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    Classic.

  • Keron
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    Medicine.

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FAQs

One of the best-known Italian liqueurs, Campari is a strong, bitter aperitif. It has a super unique flavor that can be difficult to define and even more challenging to substitute in one of the popular Campari-based cocktails (like the Negroni or Americano). The folks behind Campari won’t divulge their recipe list, but a few tasting notes tend to stand out including orange peel, cherry, ginseng, cinnamon, and clove — additional flavors include less common ingredients like rhubarb, gentian, quinine, and Cascarilla bark. Campari is quite an interesting brew, and the overall flavor can best be described as complex and bittersweet.
It’s a bit of a mystery — Gaspare Campari, the liqueur’s inventor, was a 19th-century Italian bar owner who kept his celebrated recipe close to the chest. Campari is a combination of water and alcohol that’s augmented with a secret blend of fruits, medicinal plants, and bitter herbs. Experts can guess a handful of ingredients based on Campari’s flavor (such as orange peel, Cascarilla bark, ginseng, gentian, and rhubarb), but the exact measurements needed to recreate the complex liqueur are carefully guarded. Interestingly, to achieve its signature red color, the original Campari recipe included dye made from crushed beetles (don’t worry, modern-day Campari uses a non-insect additive instead).
Traditionally, Campari is designed as an aperitif, so you’re meant to sip it slowly before eating a meal — its bitterness and medicinal ingredients help invigorate the digestive system. However, one of the most popular uses of Campari is within a Negroni cocktail (just mix one ounce of gin, one ounce of vermouth, and one ounce of Campari before serving over ice and garnished with an orange peel). Campari is a complex, bittersweet liqueur, so you’ll want to be mindful of how you pair it with other cocktail ingredients; too much can be super overwhelming on the palette.
There are dozens of interesting and tasty cocktails that feature Campari, so gifting a bottle of this unique Italian liqueur could be exciting for a budding mixologist. You might also consider purchasing a bottle for anyone who loves Italian culture and food; after all, this is an Italian staple and is designed for casual sipping before a heavy meal. You can typically find a 750mL bottle for around $30, so it’s a bit on the pricier side; that being said, a little Campari goes a long way and lasts for about 12 months in the refrigerator once you open the bottle.

Try These Classic Campari Recipes

Americano

  • vermouth

This classic cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari's bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. The Americano is refreshing with a light and bitter taste.

Campari Negroni

  • gin

When count Negroni first invented his signature drink over 100 years ago, little did he know that this now classic cocktail would be a fan favorite for cocktail connoisseurs outside of his native Italy. To this date this classic cocktail is still one of the most popular in the world… and through it all Campari continues to be at the heart of every Negroni.

Boulevardier

  • whiskey

A cousin of the Negroni, the Boulevardier is a simple cocktail recipe that produces big flavor. Substituting bourbon in place of gin creates a more sweet drink that is typically drank neat and up in a cocktail glass.


About The Brand

Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic drink. The recipe, which has remained unchanged for 150 years, originated in Novara, Italy in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous classic cocktails around the world, such as the Negroni and Americano. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants, fruit and water. With its vibrant red hue, intense aroma and inspiring flavor, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These values have made the Campari brand famous globally as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence. Campari® Liqueur. 24% alc./vol. (48 proof). ©2016 Campari America, San Francisco, CA. Please enjoy responsibly.



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