Summer is officially upon us and I have my new cocktail du jour: The Campari Margarita.
Not sure what Campari is? An Italian aperitif, often mixed with with soda or stirred into a Negroni, it is a bitter grapefruit-like libation, composed of infused herbs and alcohol. Its signature calling card, the vibrant red hue. Mixed with tequila, grapefruit juice and lime? It positively sings.
You may notice from the photos above my substitution of Aperol- Campari's lighter cousin. Very similar in taste, Aperol is actually owned and made by the Campari Group, though it has a lighter color and less alcohol (also a slighter price tag!).
If you aren't sure you are a Campari fan, ease in with Aperol to start things out. I like both. And have both. I personally prefer Campari for its slightly stronger taste and color, but both work well. I taste tested multiple options in pursuit of perfection for this recipe.
So, on to the cocktail, which I discovered as part of the Wall Street Journal's ode to the margarita (full article here), well timed for Cinqo de Mayo last month. Literally the ultimate guide to the cocktail, you will never doubt again when mixing one after this exhaustive primer.
What I had dubbed the Campari Margarita is the Siesta, contributed by Katie Stipe of the Flat Iron Lounge.
1½ ounces blanco tequila
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice
¼ ounce Campari
Shake liquid ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
Another part of this comprehensive guide to my favourite summer cocktail was this playlist, by Savannah Jane Buffett, daughter of Jimmy Buffett, and DJ.
Download, mix songs and cocktails, repeat.
The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Playlist From Savannah Jane Buffett,
DJ (and daughter of Jimmy Buffett)
- "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)" — Patsy Cline
- "Las Voces" — Josh Rouse
- "Margarita" — The Traveling Wilburys
- "Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana)" — Jimmy Buffett
- "Dejalo" — Rilo Kiley
- "Cinco de Mayo" — War
- "Satchita" — Playing For Change
- "Candela" — Buena Vista Social Club
- "Oye Como Va" — Tio Puente
- "Para Donde Vas" — The Iguanas
- "Spanish Moon" — Little Feat
- "Hot Tequila Brown" — Jamiroquai
- "Mexico" — That Handsome Devil
- "Margaritaville" — Todd Snider
- "Samba Pa Ti" — Santana