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Mix it up with Campari

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Mr Campari, Milton Wisdom, shares the spotlight with me as we show off our creations: Campari Berry.
From left: Campari Berry, Campari Orange, Campari Shakerato and Campari Grapefruit.
Milton looking either pleased or amused by my shaking.
The heavenly Campari Shakerato, poured to perfection.
The very tasty Campari Berry.
A closer look at the colourful and refreshing Campari Orange.

I think by now everyone knows that I'm not a chef. But when Campari challenged me to mixing, I was ready!

The truth is, I'm far from being a master mixologist, but I know a thing or two about drinking - responsibly, of course.

Joining me this time around was J. Wray & Nephew bartender and Mr Campari, Milton Wisdom, who decided to pass on his knowledge about all things Campari and teach me a thing or two about mixing. He spoke words of wisdom when he declared, "Bitters make everything better."

And that became our mantra when we made not one, not two, but four Campari cocktail mixes - Campari grapefruit, Campari orange, Campari shakerato and Campari berry. Why not? It's summer, so let's live a little.

This sounds a lot though, right? That's fine: all work and no play makes Jack and Jill dull people, so let's get this party started with some Campari, shall we?

First things first: you're going to need Campari, grapefruit juice or grapefruit soda, orange juice, cranberry juice, cherries and an orange. Why the orange? Well, according to Wisdom, the only ingredient that they know of in Campari is the orange bitters, so most of the garnishes include an orange wedge, orange wheel or orange rind, to complement the cocktails. All other ingredients are top secret.

The mixes were pretty easy to make. It took me a while to get over the bitters, but I soon warmed up to the taste and, in no time, I was in high spirits.

Right out the gate, Campari grapefruit was one of my favourites; the pairing just felt right and excited my palate! Campari orange and I go waaaay back, so I expected it to be refreshing. And that it was! Wisdom and I made both cocktails together.

We discovered that we had differing portion-pouring techniques. He explained that three seconds make an ounce, and he usually counts down by saying one ten thousand, two ten thousand, three ten thousand as he pours. Well, I'm more of a bubble kind of girl, so I counted my portion as such: bubble one, bubble two, bubble three. Of course, I took my bubbling seriously and executed with my waistline as well. I would like to think it helped to make the mixing a more entertaining experience.

When it came time to exchange glasses for the taste test, it turned out I wasn't so bad after all. Teamwork definitely made this drinking dream work.

I was a bit sceptical about the Campari shakerato, in its make-up and its taste, so I naturally let the expert go first, then followed suit. Shaking to get the drink's preferred pink shade was no joke! And last but not least, we resumed partnership with this very berry Campari cocktail and ended our mixing party with a bang!

So put your very own mixing skills to the test and unleash your inner bartender. Also, be sure to make ice your best friend with these mixes so you can really beat the summer heat. And remember, walk good, live good and drink good, with Campari. But do it responsibly!

See the Campari recipes below.

Campari Grapefruit




1 to 11/2oz Campari

Grapefruit juice or grapefruit soda

1 orange wedge




1. In a rock glass, pour the Campari over ice.

2. Top up with grapefruit juice or grapefruit soda.

3. Garnish with an orange wedge

4. Stir and enjoy.

Campari Orange




1 to 11/2oz Campari

Orange juice

1 orange wedge




1. In a rock glass, pour 1 to 11/2oz of Campari over ice.

2. Top up with orange juice.

3. Add the orange wedge or a slice of orange in the glass as a garnish, stir and savour.

Campari Shakerato




2 to 21/2oz Campari

1 cherry




1. Shake well over crushed ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

2. Add a cherry to the glass.

3. Serve shaken, not stirred.

Campari Berry




1 to 11/2oz Campari

Cranberry juice

1 orange wedge




1. In a rock glass, add the Campari then top off with the cranberry juice, over ice.

2. Serve with an orange wedge.