The Romanza Campari Cocktail

This one comes from eGullet, and before that from bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout at Pesce restaurant in San Francisco.

In some ways this would be good drink for introducing people to Campari. OK, the dose of Campari is kind of heavy for that purpose. Still, the classic Campari drinks (i.e. the Negroni and the Americano) are complicated by the inclusion of vermouth – another problem ingredient for many people. This drink is free of vermouth, Grand Marnier increases the sweetness, and fruit juice lightens things a little. In fact the drink is purely about rich and bitter sweet citrus. The taste is intense but free of surprises. While quite bitter, this drink reflects the current fashion for drinks that are light on spirits and heavy on juices and liqueurs.



1 3/4 oz Campari

1 1/4 oz Grand Marnier

1 oz grapefruit juice

Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Anyway it is very pleasant – rich sweet orange with an intense bitterness that keeps things interesting. Also, unlike a lot of what I have been posting recently, this recipe requires no hard to find ingredients. Yes, my friends in Shanghai will not need to cry upon reading this. Instead they can march to the booze cabinet and throw one together.

Consider this cocktail a goodwill gesture in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics. Besides tasting good, it proves this blog is not part of a decedent western plot to contain China’s peaceful rise through a series of alluring but impossible to replicate cocktail recipes, each one scoring a deep gash in the morale of the Chinese people. Nope, no such nefarious scheme is being attempted. I guess that is just as well too, since such a scheme would certainly be doomed to ignominious failure, with its perpetrators being ground to a kind of messy paste and smeared across the less interesting pages of history.

4 Responses to “The Romanza Campari Cocktail”

  1. Tiare Says:

    Haven`t tried this one yet even though i`m a Campari geek . Its just a pity i`ve run out of Campari for the moment..and i don`t think Aperol would do.

    I`ll try it soon..

    I like the combination of Campari and grapefruit juice.


  2. MyLaowai Says:

    “my friends in Shanghai will not need to cry upon reading this. Instead they can march to the booze cabinet and throw one together.”

    Pity about all that healthy grapefruit though. How about a steak and chips martini, or something?

    That said, this is worth a try. I’ve got half a bottle of campari to get rid of.

    By the way, if anyone is planning on visiting China in the near future, can they bring me a bottle of Marachino Liqueur and some orange bitters, please?

  3. will is Says:

    campari is bitter enough with no need for grapefruit juice… 1 and 1/3 grand marnier and 1 2/3 campari is delicious! just make sure you’re not driving anywhere…

  4. will is Says:

    oh! and add ice, tumble, and strain

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