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These essential Campari cocktails are must-try recipes perfect for using up a bottle! Try everything from a classic Negroni to a bubbly spritz.

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Ahh, Campari. This Italian bitter aperitif has adoring fans all over the world. And for good reason: it’s flavor is nuanced, bittersweet and herbaceous all at once! It was invented in Italy back in the 1860s, and spawned famous Campari cocktails like the Negroni and Americano.

But there are so many more things to do with a bottle of Campari! If you’re looking for inspiration to use up your bottle, here are all the best ways to use it. From the smoky Mezcal Negroni to the bourbon hints in the Boulevardier to the light and bubbly Campari Spritz, there’s something for everyone.

And now, the best Campari cocktails!

More about Campari

Campari is an Italian bitter (amaro) and you can identify it by its bright red jewel-toned color! It was invented back in the 1860’s in Italy as an aperitif, a drink to stimulate your appetite before a meal. Campari tastes bitter, fruity, and spicy all at once. It’s is infused with different herbs and fruits (part of a secret recipe). You’ll taste notes of cherry, clove, cinnamon and orange peel. It’s got a fairly high alcohol content (48 proof) and is used in classic cocktails like the Negroni and the Americano.

Fun fact: Campari was originally colored so brightly red due to a dye made of crushed insects! That’s no longer in the modern recipe, so it shouldn’t deter you from grabbing a bottle.

Tip: Want a substitute for this specialty liqueur? Go to Best Campari Substitute.

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Campari spritz

12 Top Campari Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Campari spritz is bitter and bubbly: a refreshing mixed drink for sipping! Make this easy cocktail with 3 ingredients in 3 minutes.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) Campari
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) sparkling wine, such as Prosecco, sparkling rosé, champagne
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) soda water
  • Ice (try clear ice!)


  1. Add the Campari to glass filled with ice and stir. Top with the sparkling wine and soda water.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon wedge and stir gently, then serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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