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Campari and Soda

Campari and Soda
Campari is a popular aperitif created in the 1860s by Gaspare Campari, a bartender in Milan. Aficionados favor the bright red drink for its complex taste reminiscent of bitter oranges, one of its components. It is typically served with soda.


  • 12 to 18 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups Campari
  • 1 bottle (16 fl. oz.) soda water, or as needed,
  • Thin slices of orange or lemon peel for garnish


Chill 6 glasses in the freezer for 15 minutes.

In each glass place 2 or 3 ice cubes and pour in 1/4 cup of the Campari. Add 1/3 cup of the soda water, or more to taste, stir and garnish with a citrus peel. Serves 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Christmas Entertaining, by Georgeanne Brennan (Simon & Schuster, 2005).