Friday, August 30, 2013

SALEP Topic: Campari

Another month, another SALEP topic! 

This month, Dana taught us all about Campari! 

Campari (and snacks)

What is it?               

Campari is an Italian liqueur that is characterized by its red color and strong dry, bitter taste.

As an aperitif:
- An aperitif is an alcoholic drink that is served before dinner to stimulate the appetite.
- Aperitifs originated in Italy in the 18th century and are always dry, rather than sweet.

As a bitter:
-  A bitter is consumed to aid digestion and health, thus Campari is also a digestif.
-  Bitters/digestifs are usually drunken straight or with soda water. 

Campari was invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari and is comprised of a secret combination of herbs, spices, and fruit peels. For forty years, Campari could only be found within Italy.  In 1904, Campari was first exported to Nice, in the French Riviera.  Campari is unique in that it is its own brand; there are no “off” brands of the liqueur. Campari’s distinctive red color is derived carmine, a dye created through the crushing of dried cochineal insects.  Campari’s color was created this way up until 2006. 

Classic Campari Cocktails:

1 oz Campari
1 oz Gin*
1 oz Sweet Vermouth 
Orange peel for garnish 
*for those who want to cut the bitter taste of the negroni, chardonnay can be used instead of gin. 

Campari & Soda
1 part Campari
4 parts soda water

1 oz Campari
1 oz Gin
1 oz Soda Water

Old Pal: 
1 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 oz Campari 

Pouring at:

-  Nostrana (SE Morrison & 14th)

-  Woodsman Tavern (SE 45th & Division)

-  Circa 33 (SE 33rd & Belmont)

Thanks Dana! 

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