Campari Orange

The classic aperitif with Italian charm!
Campari Orange Aperitif Cocktail Rezept
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Campari Orange

As an aperitif, Campari Orange is one of the classic welcome drinks. The fruity and tart combination of orange and bitter Campari is an excellent introduction to a delicious dinner. In this recipe you will learn how to prepare it quickly and deliciously.

As with any cocktail, I recommend always using fresh orange juice made from ripe fruit for the Campari* Orange. Since this aperitif consists of just two ingredients, the quality of your orange juice is the deciding factor.

Since the drink really tastes best ice cold, you’ll need cold orange juice. Unfortunately, OJ oxidizes quickly in air and takes on a metallic bitter taste. For this reason, you should wash the oranges a few hours before, put them in the refrigerator and squeeze them only á la minute cooled. In this way, the juice remains sweet and retains its fresh taste best.


  • Prep Time2 min
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time3 min
  • Yield1 jar
  • Serving Size150 ml
  • Energy172 cal
  • Cuisine
    • amerikanisch
  • Course
    • Getränk
  • Cooking Method
    • Float


For the Campari Orange

  • 100 ml orange juice (1-2 oranges)
  • 50 ml Campari
  • Ice cube
  • Orange zest


  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Juicer
  • Zest ripper / peeler


Fill an Old Fashioned glass with two large ice cubes and pre-chill.
Take the washed orange out of the refrigerator, rinse it again briefly under running water, dry it with a towel and peel off a zest with a peeler for decoration.
Cut the orange in half, squeeze and provide the cold juice (approx. 100 ml).
Pour the Campari over the ice cubes into the glass. Then carefully add the orange juice over the ice to create a nice gradient from red to orange. Garnish with the orange zest and serve immediately ice cold. Ready is your homemade and delicious Campari orange aperitif!

Depending on the sweetness of your oranges, you may need to help your aperitif find the right balance with a dash of sugar syrup. Add the syrup to the glass after the Campari. Then fill it up with the orange juice and gently stir your drink again before serving. Make sure that the color gradient is preserved as much as possible.

  • Nährwerte

  • 1 servings per container
  • Serving Size150 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories172
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.2 g78 g0.26%
  • Total Carbohydrate23.4 g275 g8.51%
  • Dietary Fiber0.2 g28 g0.71%
  • Total Sugars21.3 g
  • Protein0.7 g50 g1.4%
  • Calcium11 mg1300 mg0.85%
  • Iron0.2 mg18 mg1.11%
  • Potassium200 mg4700 mg4.26%
  • Vitamin A0.01 mcg900 mcg0%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)50 mg90 mg55.56%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.09 mg1.2 mg7.5%
  • Phosphorus17 mg1250 mg1.36%
  • Iodine1.4 mcg150 mcg0.93%
  • Magnesium11 mg420 mg2.62%
  • Zinc0.1 mg11 mg0.91%
  • Chloride4 mg2300 mg0.17%
  • Alkohol10 g

Campari Orange – A little bit of Italy in a glass

Campari and orange juice are a heavenly combination. The flavors complement each other perfectly and the bright red color of the bitter Camparis provides the perfect contrast to the light yellow and sweet OJ. This recipe is easy to prepare and is perfect for an aperitif on a hot summer day.

With its fiery red color, you’d think someone had captured Milan’s sunset in a glass. In fact, the drink is an Italian classic and is enjoyed throughout the country before dinner. No wonder, thanks to the triad of bitterness, sweetness and acidity, it stimulates salivation and whets the appetite of guests.

The perfect alternative to the Mimosa?

The Germans’ favorite aperitif remains the mimosa, or sparkling wine with orange juice. There is nothing wrong with it, but it lacks the necessary finesse. All too often, you’re holding a tensionless glass of “sparkling orange water,” as sparkling wine or Prosecco* have nothing up their sleeves against the dominant orange juice and add even more acidity to the drink.

Mimosa recipe - sparkling wine with orange juice
The Mimosa is the classic welcome drink at most parties.

Campari* opens up a completely new world of flavors and gives this aperitif a much more sophisticated aroma thanks to its bitter herbal note. For this reason, I would like to take up the cudgels for the Italian classic and recommend it to you for the welcome at your next party.

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