Campari Sour

Campari is a type of liqueur originates from Italy, produced by the Davide Campari Group

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Campari Sour is a gin cocktail with simple ingredients, such as Campari, gin, simple syrup… When thinking about Campari, most people would associate it with the Negroni, which is not everyone’s favorite due to its intense flavor. The Gin Campari Sour, however, has a lighter and more interesting taste by adding in lemon juice and skipping the vermouth.


  • Egg white (1)
  • Simple syrup (1/2 oz.)
  • Fresh lemon juice (3/4 oz.)
  • Campari (3/4 oz.)
  • Gin (1 1/2 oz.)
  • Orange bitters (1-3 dashes)
  • Small orange wedge (1, for garnishing)


Step 1: Make simple syrup To start off, you have to make the simple syrup. This ingredient is widely used in many drinks, from juices to tea to cocktails and it can be stored in a refrigerator. For the simple syrup, you need 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Then combine these two in a small pot. Cook at low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and chill.

Step 2: Combine the ingredients and shake. Combine the ingredients above: Campari Sour, Gin, lemon juice, orange bitters, simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Then shake until all is incorporated (this is called “dry shake” (shaking without ice).

Step 3: Strain the cocktail into a glass and serve. You can serve the cocktail with ice in the old fashioned way or without ice, your choice. In case you’re serving it right away. Before straining the cocktail don’t forget to chill your glass beforehand for 30 minutes or more. Or you can just keep one in the refrigerator for such occasions.


Choosing the suitable gin for this cocktail is also something you should devote your time to. The most recommended choice would be Tanqueray. This type of gin pairs well with Negronis as well as other Campari Sour cocktails. But there are several other options that go well with it, such as Boodles British Gin, Aviation Gin, Gordon’s Gin, Barr Hill Tom Cat…

Both Gin and Campari have alcohol, so you can reduce the total amount of gin. These two liqueurs also give lots of sweetness, but both the Campari’s bitterness and the lemon’s sour will work against it. So to balance things out, a little simple syrup needs to be added to the cocktail recipes. Instead of orange bitters, you can also use Angostura bitters.


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