The quintessential Italian aperitivo was invented by a Milanese, Gaspare Campari, in the 1860s. It is a secret mixture of herbs, bitter orange peel and other aromatic substances steeped in an alcohol base. The resulting slightly bitter flavor, combined with club soda on ice and given a hint of citrus, whets the appetite for the meal to come.


  • Ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup Campari
  • 2/3 cup club soda
  • Twist of lemon peel or a lime wedge


Fill a tall, narrow 12-fluid-ounce glass half full with ice cubes. Pour the Campari over the ice cubes. Add the club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist or lime wedge.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2093

nutrition information per serving

150 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 37mg sodium; 5g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 0g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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