It took me a little while to join the Campari bandwagon but once I did, there was no looking back. At first glance you may think this pretty red aperitif is sweet like cherries but it is anything but. It is bitter with hints of grapefruit and herbs and adds the perfect antidote to those sweet, sugary cocktails (e.g., the mai thai) that you usually come across when the weather turns warm.
Campari + Orange Cocktail (adapted from Martha Stewart)
1 ounce Campari
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon simple syrup, recipe below
Fill a glass full of ice. Add the Campari, orange and simple syrup. Top off with club soda.
Lemon Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
zest from 1/2 lemon
Combine the sugar, water & lemon zest in a small pan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let it cool completely before using.