Life in lockdown / hibernation / isolation has certainly brought out the drinker in me! ha. In a good way. I’ve moved on from a standard glass of wine, to making cocktails. And this delicious two ingredient Campari and Orange cocktail has become my new favourite alcoholic drink. Partly because it’s so quick and easy to make, but also because it is just delicious! All you need is a fresh orange, Campari and ice.
Campari & orange is so refreshing, and has perfect bittersweet notes which I am a huge fan of! Not too bitter, nor too sweet. I recently made a Campari and Mandarin Fizz (you can see here), which is also lovely, but I honestly find it hard to go past the simple and delicious Campari & Orange.
What makes this so lovely is the freshly squeezed orange juice. I find using a top quality sweet orange is what really make this cocktail sing, so buy the sweetest oranges you can. Ideally, Navel, Valencia’s and Blood Oranges, but if you grow your own, I’m sure it would also be delicious. And, of course, you can always use bottled juice if you can’t get fresh.
So here’s how I make it.
Delicious Campari and Orange Cocktail
- Citrus juicer
- Cocktail jigger
- Cocktail glass
- 2 oz Campari
- 2.5 oz of freshly squeezed juice from 1 large orange approx 70-80ml (plus rind for garnish)
- Fill a glass half full with ice, then pour over the Campari and freshly squeezed orange juice. Garnish with two strips of orange rind, or add in half a slice of orange. And enjoy! Sooooo easy!
And if you’re wondering what the difference between Campari and Aperol is, Campari has more bitterness, which I personally love, and almost double the alcohol strength of Aperol. You could then of course choose to use more of less when making cocktails.
I’ve really love making simple cocktails and I’ve also been using my Williams Sonoma Margarita Salts a bit too. These take a simple cocktail and make it extra fancy for little effort! If you love a margarita like me you need these in your cocktail cabinet.
Do you guys have any good cocktail recipes you love, or can share?