Does anyone drink Campari?
March 23, 2004 6:32 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone drink Campari?
posted by the fire you left me to Food & Drink (21 answers total)
I've never had a drink that looked so intriguing and tasted so nasty.
posted by gwint at 6:38 PM on March 23, 2004 [1 favorite]

Campari and soda makes a nice summer drink.
posted by timeistight at 6:43 PM on March 23, 2004

I do, a lot. So did my parents. Campari is an interesting drink (it's supposedly made of red peppers) inasmuch as there are three distinct schools: those who drink it with soda, those who prefer it with orange juice and those who will not settle for anything except tonic water. Always with a twist and slice of lemon or orange.

I love it as part of a Negroni: one portion gin; one of sweet red vermouth; one of Campari; mixed in a glass with ice; twist and slice of orange.

Lovely drink; better in Italy, natch!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:47 PM on March 23, 2004


Any other questions?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:55 PM on March 23, 2004

(By which I mean : this is an excuse to chat, is it not, unless you have a more specific query?)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:57 PM on March 23, 2004

Campari's pretty red color is from an insect. I still love it.
posted by TimeFactor at 7:03 PM on March 23, 2004

I occasionally have it in the summer with orange juice. I don't customarily keep it in the house. Eg, I would usually have wine, beer, scotch and whatever my current enthusiasm is (currently cachaca).
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:08 PM on March 23, 2004

The only free bottle of booze I've ever thrown in the garbage. Eccch. I say this with bottles of Yukon Jack and Screech Rum on my shelf.
posted by Succa at 7:21 PM on March 23, 2004

Campari = unsweetened tea with a slight note of berries. Drink on the rocks with a twist, with soda with a wedge or lemon or lime, or in orange juice. An acquired taste, but a good one.

Cooking with Campari--try a splash of Campari in homemade cranberry sauce next Thanksgiving. Or, make a glaze for strawberries by melting together red currant jelly, strawberry syrup, Campari, and just enough water to give the right consistency.
posted by gimonca at 7:40 PM on March 23, 2004


Any other questions?

You know I love you, Stav, but this is way out of line and out of character.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:24 PM on March 23, 2004

Campari and soda + lime. Campari and orange. Campari and freshly squeezed blood orange, especially. Yum. Grapefruit and Campari sorbet on the patio after steaks on a warm summer evening.

posted by stonerose at 8:43 PM on March 23, 2004

I adore peoplewatching over a tall, icy Campari and soda on sultry summer afternoons while sitting under an umbrella at an outdoor cafe. That's my recipe. Here's another recipe that I include mostly for its wonderful name:

Bitter Memory

30ml Campari
30ml Vodka
40ml Fresh Orange Juice and a Cherry.

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, pour into a high-ball glass.
Garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange.

But the point of Campari is really that it's an aperitif, which means it gets your stomach ready for a meal by stimulating the gastric fluids (as do any sort of bitter greens or herbs, for example). Here's a good page on "the Italian Bitters", that has this to say about Campari:

It's usually regarded as being a bit of an acquired taste (apparently it's inventor, Gaspare Campari said that you have to drink Campari three times before you enjoy it!) but then so is caviar, Scotch and fois gras!

And, of course, I can't let you get away without also mentioning this famous image by one of my favorite vintage poster artists.
posted by taz at 9:42 PM on March 23, 2004

[voice type="Eddie Murphy"]

That shit is nasty, man!

posted by madman at 10:14 PM on March 23, 2004

You know I love you, Stav, but this is way out of line and out of character.

Bullocks, Miguel. I asked if the poster had any other questions that might be even slightly answerable without being forced to try to guess the poster's intent (the original question is a 'yes/no' question, for which there are two possible answers, and I chose one), in good faith. The 'any other questions' was not meant in the sense of flip dismissal, but of trying to solicit an actual question that didn't involve merely chatting about alcohol. Which, it is difficult not to note, my friend, you are perhaps over-inclined to do.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:04 PM on March 23, 2004 [1 favorite]

No, but thanks for asking; sometimes it's nice to know that people are interested in what you do and don't do in regards to your crippling depression.
posted by The God Complex at 11:32 PM on March 23, 2004

Is it wrong that I simultaneously feel like part of a focus group and like trying out taz's delicious recipe? My head says used and betrayed but my stomach says it's ready to get gastric.
posted by The God Complex at 11:39 PM on March 23, 2004

campari + ginger ale (or ginger beer) + olive

as drunk by the venetians. wonderful stuff.

or, if you're wanting all the fiery, slightly bitter taste without the alcohol, go for a gingerino.
posted by nylon at 1:04 AM on March 24, 2004

I was in Cameroon in November and it cropped up regularly at receptions. Also, the duty free shop on the way out had shelves of it, despite the shop being much smaller than the average duty free. Neither of these facts necessarily suggest anyone was drinking it of course.
posted by biffa at 2:40 AM on March 24, 2004

i LOVE campari! with soda. before dinner. when it's warm and i'm on a terrace.

it is a beautiful color. and the individual bottles (which you can get in cafes in italy and NYC and probably other places as well) make lovely bud vases.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:17 AM on March 24, 2004

I don't know why, but the older I get, the more I appreciate bitter tastes that I hated when I was younger: bitter greens, stronger and stronger espresso with less and less sugar, Campari with an orange slice and lots of ice. If you're looking for a much sweeter version of this type of aperitif, try a Martini Rosso.
posted by fuzz at 7:40 AM on March 24, 2004

yeah - campari, soda and little orange - got me through one of the hottest (global warming enhanced) nights in minneapolis two summers ago - when my girlfriends power went out - she hated the stuff though.
posted by specialk420 at 2:05 PM on March 24, 2004

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