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2021-03-05 9:02:55 AM  
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Let's just get this out of the way, shall we.
 
2021-03-05 10:29:46 AM  
A plain Campari and soda on ice, with a twist of lime, is one of the most refreshing cocktails you can have in the summer.
 
2021-03-05 10:36:00 AM  
I've had all variants of booze from cachaça to bourbon, but I can honestly say I've never had campari. Is it...good?

Wiki tells me it's infused with herbs, and considered a bitters --- so, I'm not 100% sold.
 
2021-03-05 10:41:00 AM  
"How do we fluff out this list of Campari cocktails a bit?"

"Let's list Negronis with fresh oregano and Negroni as two separate entries, a few slides apart!"

I do admit, it's nice to see Italian bitters getting some love, but that amused me.
 
2021-03-05 10:45:43 AM  

blodyholy: I've had all variants of booze from cachaça to bourbon, but I can honestly say I've never had campari. Is it...good?

Wiki tells me it's infused with herbs, and considered a bitters --- so, I'm not 100% sold.


It's quite bitter, definitely an acquired taste. I order a Negroni (Campari + gin + sweet vermouth) or a Campari and soda when I'm out to dinner but my stomach needs to be settled a little bit. It's fantastic aperitif for that reason.

If you ever find Campari is just too damn bitter for your palate, there's a similar Italian spirit called Aperol which has a similar structure but is a bit sweeter and more forgiving in terms of bitterness. An Aperol spritz is a gentle intro to the general flavor.
 
2021-03-05 11:04:28 AM  

blodyholy: I've had all variants of booze from cachaça to bourbon, but I can honestly say I've never had campari. Is it...good?

Wiki tells me it's infused with herbs, and considered a bitters --- so, I'm not 100% sold.


there's a whol spectrum of Amaro/Amer variants, some sweeter, some bitter-er.

as Eddie Hazel's E string mentioned, Aperol is a good one. I do enjoy Campari, but mainly only in Negronis. Picon (sweet-ish, orange-y) is a personal favorite, but usually only in Picon-biere (and has to be a draft Stella, or at least something blonde on tap) - other personal favorites are e.g. Fernet Branca and also Underberg, but holy-wow do you really need to be ready for those. and technically even stuff like Jägermeister counts among the Amari.
 
2021-03-05 11:14:03 AM  
oh, and bad-story-bro:

back in the olden-tymes pre-plague-era, the wife liked the dark tiny bar of 'The Originals' - it's some "Authentic Italian Family Restaurant!!!" (no really, they have a sign self-proclaiming exactly this) - across the street from us. their food is awful, but the atmosphere is cozy and quiet so I don't mind the place.

one time, I ordered a Negroni. so naturally, they brought me... a Peroni. which I sent back and politely repeated my order, additionally mentioning that it's a popular cocktail. at which point I see the bartendress madly typing on her phone, only to send the server back saying, "we never have Campari ...or Vermouth. we can't make that" - to which I replied, do have *any* Amaros? and spouted off Aperol and a couple others, which only served to confuse them ever more. "fine, just bring me *glances at taps* a Warsteiner, please?"

lol, an "authentic eye-talian" place that is only capable of making 17 different kinds of appletini and has German beer on draft? whatta-woild, whatta-woild.

/bsb
 
2021-03-05 11:26:03 AM  

tintar: as Eddie Hazel's E string mentioned, Aperol is a good one. I do enjoy Campari, but mainly only in Negronis. Picon (sweet-ish, orange-y) is a personal favorite, but usually only in Picon-biere (and has to be a draft Stella, or at least something blonde on tap) - other personal favorites are e.g. Fernet Branca and also Underberg, but holy-wow do you really need to be ready for those. and technically even stuff like Jägermeister counts among the Amari.


Eddie Hazel's E string: It's quite bitter, definitely an acquired taste. I order a Negroni (Campari + gin + sweet vermouth) or a Campari and soda when I'm out to dinner but my stomach needs to be settled a little bit. It's fantastic aperitif for that reason.

If you ever find Campari is just too damn bitter for your palate, there's a similar Italian spirit called Aperol which has a similar structure but is a bit sweeter and more forgiving in terms of bitterness. An Aperol spritz is a gentle intro to the general flavor.


Ok, I want to say I *think* I've had a Negroni once, but I can't recall -- lots of cocktails out there. I'll see if I can order one in the "after times".

Thanks, gents!
 
2021-03-05 11:39:06 AM  
If you want something not quite as bitter, Aperol is also nice and equally refreshing.
 
2021-03-05 11:47:07 AM  

blodyholy: I've had all variants of booze from cachaça to bourbon, but I can honestly say I've never had campari. Is it...good?

Wiki tells me it's infused with herbs, and considered a bitters --- so, I'm not 100% sold.


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2021-03-05 11:50:49 AM  

fasahd: blodyholy: I've had all variants of booze from cachaça to bourbon, but I can honestly say I've never had campari. Is it...good?

Wiki tells me it's infused with herbs, and considered a bitters --- so, I'm not 100% sold.

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Hah! Saw that for the first time in the Flint thread the other day - funny stuff.
 
2021-03-05 11:55:05 AM  
We keep a bottle of Negronis in the refrigerator at all times around here.

I got tired of mixing them one at a time.

Aperol spritzes are also worth your time, as is Lillet Blanc with a slice of orange (Mrs. Carte's favorite drink).
 
2021-03-05 12:20:52 PM  

tintar: there's a whol spectrum of Amaro/Amer variants, some sweeter, some bitter-er.


I keep Averna on hand to occasionally make a Black Manhattan.

/wife enjoys Campari and soda w/lime
 
2021-03-05 12:31:56 PM  
My dad loves that stuff. Tastes like 'tussin to me.
 
2021-03-05 1:08:13 PM  
I love amari. Current favorite is Ramazzotti, which has a hint of root beer or Dr. Pepper to it, and is great with whiskey. Meletti is similar, but a little less complex (and cheaper).

Speaking of cheaper, Peychaud's Aperitivo makes a decent substitute for Aperol if you want to save some bucks.

I'm not allowed to buy Fernet anymore, because it apparently contains tiny gnomes that drink most of the bottle once opened, and then pound on my head with a rubber mallet while I sleep.
 
2021-03-05 2:28:59 PM  
Hmmmm

Now I'm wondering if you could make a variation on a Sazerac by using Campari instead of pastis.
 
2021-03-05 3:47:38 PM  
Can you dig it? Yes, I can. And I've been waiting such a long time
 
2021-03-06 2:17:06 PM  

blodyholy: tintar: as Eddie Hazel's E string mentioned, Aperol is a good one. I do enjoy Campari, but mainly only in Negronis. Picon (sweet-ish, orange-y) is a personal favorite, but usually only in Picon-biere (and has to be a draft Stella, or at least something blonde on tap) - other personal favorites are e.g. Fernet Branca and also Underberg, but holy-wow do you really need to be ready for those. and technically even stuff like Jägermeister counts among the Amari.

Eddie Hazel's E string: It's quite bitter, definitely an acquired taste. I order a Negroni (Campari + gin + sweet vermouth) or a Campari and soda when I'm out to dinner but my stomach needs to be settled a little bit. It's fantastic aperitif for that reason.

If you ever find Campari is just too damn bitter for your palate, there's a similar Italian spirit called Aperol which has a similar structure but is a bit sweeter and more forgiving in terms of bitterness. An Aperol spritz is a gentle intro to the general flavor.

Ok, I want to say I *think* I've had a Negroni once, but I can't recall -- lots of cocktails out there. I'll see if I can order one in the "after times".

Thanks, gents!


Eddie and Tintar pretty well covered everything I wanted to say, but I do want to add that me and my wife love the stuff. It is pretty bitter; you don't really drink it on its own. But mixed with other things, it's fantastic. The Negroni has been mentioned; the boulevardier (a variation that subs bourbon for gin) is also great. They're both the type of drinks that take well to altering the ratios to suit your tastes, or to subbing other ingredients in to make a new drink.
 
2021-03-06 2:33:16 PM  

phlegmjay: The Negroni has been mentioned; the boulevardier (a variation that subs bourbon for gin) is also great. They're both the type of drinks that take well to altering the ratios to suit your tastes, or to subbing other ingredients in to make a new drink.


Thank you!
 
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