This refreshing, low ABV cocktail is going to be your new warm weather go to. Campari Tonic is light + crisp thanks to the refreshing tonic water, with a little bite thanks to the citrusy spiced flavors of this Italian liqueur.
Why You Should Make this Campari Tonic
- It’s simple. Requiring just two staple home bar ingredients, this Campari Tonic is an incredibly quick + easy drink to mix up.
- It’s low ABV. Since this cocktail only uses the Italian liqueur Campari, that makes it a low alcohol cocktail, meaning it’s perfect for summer day drinking!
- It is versatile. Whether you’re drinking solo or having guests over, this cocktail can be made into a pitcher drink with ease.
Campari Tonic Frequently Asked Questions
What is Campari?
Campari is a bitter Italian liqueur that is considered an aperitif, meaning it is meant to be enjoyed prior to a meal. It has a strong bittersweet flavor with notes of orange peel, cherry, cinnamon + clove and is most popularly used in making the classic Negroni cocktail.
When Should You Drink a Campari Tonic?
This drink can be enjoyed pre or post meal as it is considered an aperitif; an alcoholic beverage usually enjoyed pre or post meal to help stimulate digestion. Enjoy this cocktail before or after your favorite Italian meal, like this Gluten Free Cacio e Pepe!
Is Campari Gluten Free?
Yes! Since Campari is made using just water + alcohol infused with herbs and spices, it is a gluten free alcohol.
How do you store Campari?
Campari should be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. There is no need to freeze or refrigerate Campari.
Can I Add More Alcohol to a Campari Tonic?
If you want to up the booze factor, you can add 1-2 oz of gin to this aperitif.
How to make a Campari Tonic
There are just a few simple steps you need to take in order to make this crisp + refreshing cocktail!
Gather Your Ingredients
You will need:
- Tonic Water
- Orange Wheel for garnish
Add ice to a large wine glass
Then add 2 oz Campari to glass
Finally, add tonic water to glass + stir with a bar spoon
Campari Tonic Tested Substitutions
- Aperol will work as a replacement for Campari.
- Soda water or sparkling water can be used in place of tonic water.
- If orange is not available, use lemon or lime as a garnish.
What to Serve with a Campari Tonic
Other Drinks That Use Campari/Aperol
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- 2 oz Campari
- 6 oz Tonic Water
- Orange Wheel for garnish
- In a large wine glass over ice, add Campari then top off with tonic water.
- Stir gently using a bar spoon + garnish with an orange wheel.