There is a “best” way to drink gin and Campari to fully enjoy their potency, and the Gin and Campari Old Fashioned is the way to do it. Fair warning – this cocktail is strong. Super strong. And a bit bitter, but not nearly as bitter as a Negroni.
You can really find the flavors of your favorite gin here, so pick one that you really love, not a gin that you drown in other flavors. The Campari will provide other subtle flavors and a punch of bitterness. This is definitely a sipping drink.
Gin and Campari Old Fashioned
- 2 Oz. Gin Perhaps start with a London Dry style
- 1 Bar Spoon Campari liqueur
- 1 Bar Spoon SImple syrup
- 2 Dashes Orange bitters
- Orange zest This is your garnish!
- If you have some "circle ice" or a giant cube, this is best for your rocks glass.
- In a shaker, combine your gin, Campari, simple syrup, orange bitters, and shake with ice. But not your circle ice, just regular ice will do.
- Strain over your rocks glass, garnish with orange peel. You can always express the orange oil into your glass for a bit more punch of orange flavor.
- Sip slowly and enjoy!
And what the heck is Campari anyway?
We have Italy to thank for Campari – a bitter apéritif with a strong alcohol content. Apéritif drinks are served before a meal, and aim to ready the body for a delicious dinner.
The herbal and citrus flavors used to make Campari really shine in an Old Fashioned, while the famous bitter tastes to Campari are tempered in this recipe. You will still taste a bit of the bitter, and the simple syrup helps, too. Use more simple and less Campari if you want just a hint of the orange and herbs.
You could also add a Luxardo cherry to this Old Fashioned, totally up you. This adds a bit more alcohol, and a touch of sweet, and of course, the cherry flavor. However, using just the orange peel with oil brings up the citrus notes of this gin cocktail.
The Gin Old Fashioned is a great choice, too, if you love the flavors of gin standing alone.