I’m proud to introduce Happy Hour Tuesday, our weekly review of drinks, cocktails, shots, punches, aperitifs.
This week we picked Campari Smash, the perfect mixture of bitterness and sweetness, tanginess and freshness that come together in this appealing cocktail. As the name suggests, the main ingredient is Campari, an Italian aperitif that has been around since the 1860s and is obtained from the infusion of fruit and herbs with alcohol and water. The herbal essences give that sharp bitterness that is typical of Campari and other bitters, which make them suitable both as a predinner aperitif mixed with other ingredients, and as digestifs.
There are quite a few different recipes for Campari Smash, we would like to share with you the one that uses Limoncello, which adds a hint of sweetness to the astringent taste of Campari, creating a savory, zesty, harmonic blend. With every sip, alone or in good company, Campari Smash with its warm, distinctive, red color will bring a little bit of Summer all year long!
Ingredients (as given by Forbes.com that in 2006 classified Campari Smash among the Ten Cool Summer Cocktails):
4 lemon wedges, seeds removed if possible
1 1/4 ounces Campari
3/4 ounces Rometti Limoncello
Muddle the lemons in a shaker. Add Campari and Rometti Limoncello. Shake lightly. Serve in a rocks glass.