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27 Important Recipes For People Who Love Campari

Campari isn't for everyone. But those who get it get it.

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If you don't know from Campari — a bittersweet, bright red Italian aperitif infused with oranges, rhubarb, and a top-secret blend of interesting herbs — then it's time you took the plunge.

The first time you try Campari, you'll probably think anyone who says they love it is either crazy or lying; that's normal. It's bitter. Then you'll try it again, with plenty of seltzer and a slice of orange, and you'll start to understand. Pretty soon you'll be fully addicted. And once you are, here are some creative ideas to help you proceed.

1. Campari Strawberry Limeade Ice Pops

Recipe here.
Tara O'Brady / sevenspoons.net

Recipe here.

2. Negroni

Gin, vermouth, Campari. Truly the cocktail to rule all other cocktails. Get the recipe.

3. Rum Campari Punch

A hint of bitterness gives this fruity punch a kick in the pants. Get the recipe.
smittenkitchen.com

A hint of bitterness gives this fruity punch a kick in the pants. Get the recipe.

4. Campari Basil Mojito

Q: Is it still a mojito if it doesn't have mint or rum in it? A: Shut up and drink. Recipe here.
Rachael White / rachaelwhite.me

Q: Is it still a mojito if it doesn't have mint or rum in it?

A: Shut up and drink.

Recipe here.

5. Grapefruit Campari Granita

G & C is a natural match. And best of all, there's no need for an ice cream maker. Get the recipe.
Laura Sant / saveur.com

G & C is a natural match. And best of all, there's no need for an ice cream maker. Get the recipe.

6. English Bloodhound

A greyhound (gin and grapefruit) turns into a bloodhound when you add bright-red Campari. Get the recipe.
runningwithtweezers.com

A greyhound (gin and grapefruit) turns into a bloodhound when you add bright-red Campari. Get the recipe.

7. Campari & IPA Spritzer

You wouldn't necessarily think so, but bitter beer plus bittersweet booze just works. Get the recipe.
Anjali Prasertong / thekitchn.com

You wouldn't necessarily think so, but bitter beer plus bittersweet booze just works. Get the recipe.

8. 522 North Pinckney Cocktail

Add fresh grapefruit juice, St. Germain, and bubbly. Get the recipe.
Christina Holmes / bonappetit.com

Add fresh grapefruit juice, St. Germain, and bubbly. Get the recipe.

9. Lemon Layer Cake with Campari Frosting

Perfect for your classiest friend's birthday. Get the recipe.
Caroline Russock / seriouseats.com

Perfect for your classiest friend's birthday. Get the recipe.

10. Campari Spritz

Add a little Prosecco to glitz up your average Campari-and-soda. Get the recipe.
allparenting.com

Add a little Prosecco to glitz up your average Campari-and-soda. Get the recipe.

11. Precious Thyme

Campari, limoncello, vermouth, soda, and a sprig of fresh thyme. Get the recipe.
sloshed.hyperkinetic.org

Campari, limoncello, vermouth, soda, and a sprig of fresh thyme. Get the recipe.

12. Campari Ice Cubes

Mix Campari with equal parts orange juice or water and freeze into cubes (you need to dilute the alcohol percentage or they won't freeze). Then you can eat them like a slushy or put them in pretty much any drink. More info here.
onemartiniatatime.com

Mix Campari with equal parts orange juice or water and freeze into cubes (you need to dilute the alcohol percentage or they won't freeze). Then you can eat them like a slushy or put them in pretty much any drink. More info here.

13. Campari Shandy

Any slightly fruity wheat beer will be happy to have a summer fling with Campari. Get the recipe.
Molly Wizenberg / food52.com

Any slightly fruity wheat beer will be happy to have a summer fling with Campari. Get the recipe.

14. Nacho Vidal

Made with tequila and tangy "shrub" syrup, this hits all the important S's: sweet, sour, spicy, sassy, and summery. Get the recipe.
Marcus Nilsson / bonappetit.com

Made with tequila and tangy "shrub" syrup, this hits all the important S's: sweet, sour, spicy, sassy, and summery. Get the recipe.

15. Campari Chip Ice Cream

Grownups only. Get the recipe.

16. Venetian Cup

If you're looking for a drink to serve at your hip summer wedding reception, this could be it: Campari, Pimm's and ginger beer. Get the recipe.
Laura Sant / saveur.com

If you're looking for a drink to serve at your hip summer wedding reception, this could be it: Campari, Pimm's and ginger beer. Get the recipe.

17. Il Palio

Highbrow-brilliant: The Campari ice cubes melt gradually into bourbon and vermouth, which turns your Manhattan into a Boulevardier. Get the recipe.
Helen Rosner / saveur.com

Highbrow-brilliant: The Campari ice cubes melt gradually into bourbon and vermouth, which turns your Manhattan into a Boulevardier. Get the recipe.

18. Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles

Campari is a badass influence on the world's friendliest melon. Get the recipe.
Tracy Benjamin / shutterbean.com

Campari is a badass influence on the world's friendliest melon. Get the recipe.

19. Agavoni

A fresh tequila-based take on the Negroni. Get the recipe.
Robyn Lee / seriouseats.com

A fresh tequila-based take on the Negroni. Get the recipe.

20. Plume

A little absinthe makes things interesting. Get the recipe.
Nick Caruana / seriouseats.com

A little absinthe makes things interesting. Get the recipe.

21. Raspberry-Campari Sorbet

Raspberry makes a slightly sweeter, mellowed partner for Campari than the more common grapefruit. Get the recipe.
Max Falkowitz / seriouseats.com

Raspberry makes a slightly sweeter, mellowed partner for Campari than the more common grapefruit. Get the recipe.

22. Americano

Campari, vermouth, and soda makes for one of the greatest, simplest cocktails you can drink before dinner on a summer night. Get the recipe.
MacKenzie Smith / saveur.com

Campari, vermouth, and soda makes for one of the greatest, simplest cocktails you can drink before dinner on a summer night. Get the recipe.

23. Sparkling Jungle Bird

This tiki concoction involves making your own pineapple and lime-infused rum. Get the recipe.
Ilana Lepkowski / drinks.seriouseats.com

This tiki concoction involves making your own pineapple and lime-infused rum. Get the recipe.

24. Watermelon Squares in Campari

All the best tea parties end with everyone drunk. Get the recipe.
marthastewart.com

All the best tea parties end with everyone drunk. Get the recipe.

25. Pink Negroni

Lighten up the old 'groni by swapping in Lillet and lemon for the vermouth. Get the recipe.
Zoe Schaeffer / saveur.com

Lighten up the old 'groni by swapping in Lillet and lemon for the vermouth. Get the recipe.

26. Campari & Orange

Get the recipe.

27. Evening in Kingston

A rummy spin on the ever-adaptable Negroni. Get the recipe.
Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriot / bonappetit.com

A rummy spin on the ever-adaptable Negroni. Get the recipe.

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