Campari Tonic

Campari is a tart, herby drink, if you are looking for something a little sweeter, you will fall in love with our Rhubarb Mojito or for a fall specialty, our Sumac Old Fashioned. This Campari Tonic was originally posted at

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My first Campari Tonic was in a boat in Minnesota and came with the following warning: “The first taste is kind of gross, but by the end of the glass, you will want another. This drink grows on you.” It was prophetic. I didn’t care for it at all when I took my first drink but by my second glass, I fell in love with it.

What is Campari?

Campari is a herby Italian liqueur mixed with alcohol. I found it to be mildly spicy with a floral, herby taste. After a first bitter sip it’s very refreshing.  For more about Campari, visit their website.

Making a Campari Tonic

I highly recommend picking fresh herbs out of your garden to give this drink a splash of color. It pairs perfectly with fresh rosemary.


  • Fresh-from-the-garden Rosemary
  • Fresh Orange
  • Campari
  • Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water. Buy on Amazon:


Fill glasses with ice and set up a small drink station where everyone can make their own.  Something simple like this will do just fine:

making a campari drink

Pour a third glass full of Campari over ice and top off with Elderflower Tonic Water. This tonic has a wonderful floral herby taste that will help bring out the flavors of the Campari.

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A wedge of orange, squeezed, with a sprig of rosemary finished off the Campari Tonic.

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How to Make the Perfect Campari Tonic