May 8, 2020

Campari & Soda, an Easy Low-Alcohol Refresher

Great as a pre-dinner or brunch cocktail the Campari Soda is an easy and delicious low-alcohol drink.

measuring campari

Need something easy to make that's a little more unique than your average whiskey ginger ale?

A Campari & Soda might just be the answer.

It's great for all types of occasions and has a unique flavor that let's you almost trick yourself into thinking you took the time to make cocktails.

Pouring Campari into a glass

What to know about Campari

Campari is bittersweet Italian liquor made with a secret (of course) blend of herbs, spices, and who knows what else.

The taste is balanced between bitter, sweet, and botanical with flavors of orange candy backed up by a complex herbal blend.

It's herbal bitterness has made it a well known aperitif, or pre-meal drink, while it's unique flavor has given it the starring role in many famous cocktails like the Negroni and Americano.

Peeling a lemon

Spruce up your Campari Soda

Yup, you're right, this drink is really just pouring Campari into soda water.

But there's a few quick things you can do to take it up a notch.

Try squeezing the oils from a piece of citrus peel over the top of the finished cocktail. Campari drinks have a way of going well with citrus and lemon, lime, grapefruit, or clementine would all be delicious.

If you're feeling crazy you could also stick in a sprig of fresh herbs. Some fresh thyme or rosemary would be nice.

Garnishing a Campari & Soda

How to garnish with citrus

  1. Using a vegetable peeler get a 2-3 inch piece of citrus peel.
  2. Hold the peel skin side down a few inches above the finished drink.
  3. Quickly squeeze your fingers together to bend the peel forcing the oils onto the top of your cocktail.

This simple technique gives off a really nice citrus smell every time you take a sip, and if you've never tried it before it makes a bigger difference than you might expect.

Sipping a Campari Soda

Campari and Soda

A simple highball cocktail that's great for almost any occasion with balance between bitter, sweet, and herbal.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari
  • 4 ounces Soda Water - approx.
  • Citrus Peel - optional


  • Add ice to a highball glass.
  • Add the Campari and top with soda water.
  • Garnish with a citrus twist if you'd like.


Don't measure the soda water to preserve as much of the carbonation as possible.
Just eyeball it, I believe in you!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 drink
Tag me at @mydrinkinghobby when you make this!

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