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Easy Mixed Drinks: Campari Grapefruit Cocktail

Updated on December 23, 2014
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Penelope is retired but teaches English to business people in Rome part time. She is a published feature writer, playwright and poet.

Campari Grapefruit Ice

Campari Grapefruit Ice
Campari Grapefruit Ice | Source

An Easy Cocktail

'Campari Grapefruit' couldn't be a simpler cocktail or more refreshing on the palette. It's a pretty, pink drink - a touch sharp, a touch sweet, a touch bitter. It's cool. It's fruity. It's socially versatile. And it is surprising.

This Italian, easy mixed drink is made with just two principal ingredients, Campari and squeezed grapefruit - served over a Highball glass of ice, not sieved or shaken.

  • Campari Bitters makes a perfect day time or night-time alcoholic party drink for summer and winter being less alcoholic (25%) than the big-guy spirits - such as whiskey and vodka (40%).
  • Its refreshing taste as a mixer makes a good thirst quenching aperitif.
  • Being ever so slightly continental, Campari Grapefruit is a fun cocktail for both men and women at any bar, though the Campari website maintains men might prefer it more. Friends disagree
  • It's an alternative easy mixed drink to prepare in punch bowls at wedding receptions, dressy receptions and garden parties, especially for the avant garde at heart.

And Campari costs less than most spirits too!

Campari Grapefruit

5 stars from 3 ratings of Campari Grapefruit

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: 1 glass

Ingredients

  • 1 part Campari Bitters
  • 3 parts grapefruit, squeezed
  • tumbler ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Cut a grapefruit in two, squeeze - and hold the juice
  2. Three quarter fill a tumbler glass with ice cubes
  3. Pour 1 part Campari Bitters over the ice
  4. Pour 3 part grapefruit juice over the Campari
  5. Serve

Summer Cocktail Drink

Campari Grapefruit Cocktail
Campari Grapefruit Cocktail | Source

Campari Grapefruit

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 140
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What is Campari Bitters?

Campari is made from a pure infusion of aromatic herbs, plants and fruits in alcohol and water.

The formula for the actual ingredients is a 150 year old most guarded secret. Very few people have ever known what they are.

Speculation has the number of ingredients down to between 20 and 80!

It was first invented in Novarra, Italy in 1860.

'Campari Bitters' was inaugurated 40 years later in Milan.

It is still the same family owned and operated business, still in Milan (check the label out) and it continues the traditions (and secrets) of the original recipe.


Punch Bowl for Weddings and Receptions

A bunch bowl from the Spanish Royal House, 1830 (Baccarat manufactory)
A bunch bowl from the Spanish Royal House, 1830 (Baccarat manufactory) | Source

Mixed Drink Glasses

A mixed drink presentation has to look like a short holiday, something beautiful, seducing, a visual clue for the taste experience thrill you're in for. The drink can be as colorful as the flowers in a painting by Gauguin, or as soda-masochistic spartan as a gin martini. It can bring you into a bar with Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon" - or it can glow as a geranium, as Campari Grapefruit does! A good cocktail clinks in many varied shapes and sizes of mixed drink glasses.

The list is long and the shapes are varied - and here is a list of some of the most famous ones:

The beer mug - For Shandy's (beer or lager mixed with lime cordial or ginger ale)

Champagne Flute - For Bellini and Spritzers

Collins Glass - Famous for Tom Collins, good for fruit drink mixes

Highball Glass - Most common mixed drink glass, good for Campari Grapefruit

Hurricane Glass - Tropical and exotic mixed drinks like Piña Colada

Margarita Glass (or Coupette) - Good for Margaritas and Daiquiris

Martini Glass or Cocktail Glass - Chilling the V shaped glass before and not adding ice makes it the perfect Martini glass

Old Fashioned Glass - For drinks 'on the rocks' or with a 'splash'

Punch Bowl - For parties, often serving the mixed drink with a ladel



Bartender Tips Making Drinks with Glasses

Never use the glass to scoop ice. Use an ice scoop, or a ladle.

Don't put ice in a glass straight out of the dishwasher. It will break.

Use a tray to serve drinks.

Always handle the glass by the stem or at the base.

How to Make a Negroni

How to make a Negroni:

Ingredients for one tumbler glass

1 part Campari Bitters

1 part Gin

1 part Vermouth Cinzano Rosso

Over a 'rock' glass filled with chunks of ice, pour the gin. Over this pour the Campari Bitters and Cinzano Rosso. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Cin Cin. (pronounced 'Chin Chin').

On the Rocks

Being a classic kind of 'on the rocks' drink, Campari Grapfruit is cool mixed and served in a classic Highball Glass, or 'Old Fashioned'.

If you have a bottle of Campari Bitters you're set to try three other Campari 'on the rocks' mixed drinks cocktails, looking good when they're served in that 'ol Highball Glass!

Campari Orange, also called a 'Garibaldi' is mixed in the same way as a Campari Grapefruit. It's a sweeter drink; the orange masks a little of Campari's bitterness.

Negroni. This is the most popular cocktail drink in Tuscany this summer. It's practically the only 'drink' young people order at the bars when they all meet after work and over the weekend. It has much higher alcohol content than Campari Grapefruit; cuts right to the quick, quicker.

Campari on the Rocks

For lovers of the special taste of Campari there is always a straight shot.

1 part Campari bitters' on the rocks'.

Campari Grapefruit

'Capari Grapefruit' couldn't be a simpler cocktail or more refreshing on the palette. It's a pretty, pink drink - a touch sharp, a touch sweet, a touch bitter. It's cool. It's fruity. It's socially versatile. And it is surprising.

Summertime, at cocktail hour or during the heat of the middle of the day, here at our local Tuscan bar, barman Alfredo serves 'Campari Grapefruit' as an alternative to Prosecco cocktails, or to cold local white wine. The combination of Campari Bitters and tart/sweet fruitiness of grapefruit cuts the heat right out.

It's Italian cooool!

Cin cin. (Pronounced Chin chin!)


Welcome to our Local Wine Bar in Tuscany for a Campari Grapefruit

Local Wine Bar.  Nettare e Ambrosia in Montiano
Local Wine Bar. Nettare e Ambrosia in Montiano | Source

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    • pinto2011 profile image

      Subhas 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice drinks! Surely I am going to enjoy a lot. Also I have written a hub specifically for you for immune booster. Please go through it when you have time. http://hub.me/afeiV

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Cheers Susan! Thanks.

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds so refreshing and yummy.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Maybe if you poured yourself one, you would feel the sunny weather? Pleased you liked the photo!

    • Judi Bee profile image

      Judi Brown 

      5 years ago from UK

      The photo has me sold - pinning it for sunny weather!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Yes, it is more of aa sunny weather sort of cocktail. Thanks for dropping in!

    • miss1magination profile image

      miss1magination 

      5 years ago

      I love this recipe - an affordable drink, will have to try this spring. Voted Up

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's a seriously good aperitif so hope you will really enjoy and cin cin from Italy

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I was glad to see this recipe as we were just at the store looking at Campari and wondering what to mix it with! Thanks for the great information on drink glasses and the history of Campari bitters. Fascinating hub! I can't wait to try this cosmopolitan drink. Voted up and shared.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hi, we'll be having a coffee up at Alfredo's tomorrow and I promise to have a cornetto on you. Thanks for dropping by and maybe you'll pop up one day with us.

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      Bev G 

      6 years ago from Wales, UK

      I am beginning to wonder exactly how much time you spend in Alfredo's and various coffee bars. Are you sitting there right now, drinking/eating something delicious and making a hub out of it? What a life! Voted up and drooled over... now isn't that a pretty picture?!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you for your vote. Cheers! Enjoy this refreshing drink.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a fabulous hub, your photos are stunning!

      I will certainly give this a try thank you and voted up.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Love to disagree! Makes everything taste much better. Thanks denisemai

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      Denise Mai 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Oooooh. Sounds wonderfully European. I'll definitely give this one a try--even though I'm female. I love that your friends disagree on that point!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Cin Cin TPM and thanks

    • ThePracticalMommy profile image

      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      I definitely have to try this one. I love grapefruit, and mixing it into a drink..yum! Well done on the hub!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      And maybe it does brighten up whole days. It's a beautiful color, agreed. So nice of you to comment and I'm really pleased you like my drinks hubs, thank you!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Your Hubs on drinks ROCK, GoodLady! I learn so much from them! Loved the background on Campari, and find this drink to be so alluring! I'd love to give it a try. Heck, it would just be fun to make and look at for a while- even if one doesn't take a single sip, the color alone might brighten one's entire day.

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