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Campari Tonic

This Campari tonic is a refreshing new way to enjoy your favorite amaro. The classic bitter liqueur is topped with cool tonic and a splash of lime juice and garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary and an orange twist. You will love this complex, yet simple cocktail.

Campari tonic in a high ball glass garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig and a twist of orange.

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Why I love Campari tonic

After I tried my first negroni a few years ago, I found myself craving that classic bitter flavor, and I’ve been experimenting with Campari ever since. From the bicicletta cocktail to the tiki-inspired jungle bird cocktail, I haven’t been disappointed.

But once in a while, I prefer something super light, and a Campari tonic is just that. It’s light on alcohol, but big on flavor – making it the perfect sipping cocktail. Plus, it’s simple and easy to make, too.

Campari tonic in a high ball glass garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig and a twist of orange.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • Campari
  • Tonic water
Campari tonic in a high ball glass garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig and a twist of orange.

How to make Campari tonic

Fill a glass with ice. You can use any glass you prefer, but I typically use a highball glass. Just make sure it’s large enough to get some liquid in there. Otherwise there won’t be room for the tonic.

Measure the Campari. Pour 1 1/2 ounces – 2 ounces of Campari into the prepared glasses.

Side note: Do you measure your drinks? I never used to but lately I like knowing how much I’m adding, and it’s a great way to prevent over serving.

Top with tonic. Finish your drink by adding tonic to the glass and gently stir to combine. There’s no need to shake this cocktail. Garnish with rosemary and an orange twist before serving.

Mix it up: Try making your Campari tonic a press. Tone down the flavor of the tonic by mixing half tonic, half club soda. You’ll taste the flavors of the bitter liqueur more, and you’ll decrease the sugar in your cocktail.

Campari tonic in a high ball glass garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig and a twist of orange.

FAQs and tips for making Campari tonic

What pairs well with Campari?

Campari pairs well with plain sodas and tonics, as well as citrus juices. You can even use Campari to cook with!

How long does Campari last?

It will really depend on how you are storing your bottle. It should be kept in the fridge to help preserve its full flavor, but it should last you a good 12 months.

Is Campari made from beetles?

No it is not. Though Campari did for decades use a red dye made from an insect called cochineal, this liqueur currently gets its red color from an artificial dye.

Campari tonic in a high ball glass garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig and a twist of orange.

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Campari tonic in a high ball glass garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig and a twist of orange.

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