Campari Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Campari Tonic is a simple yet refreshing cocktail that combines the bitter, herbal flavors of Campari with the crispness of tonic water. It's a variation of the classic highball drink, which typically consists of a spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer.

  • Origins Campari, the key ingredient, was created in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Italy. The drink itself gained popularity as a pre-dinner aperitif, known for its ability to stimulate the appetite.
  • Popularity It's particularly favored in the warm months or in regions with a Mediterranean climate, where its bitter and refreshing taste is appreciated.
  • Audience The Campari Tonic is a hit among those who enjoy bitter flavors and a less sweet cocktail experience.

How Campari Tonic Tastes?

The Campari Tonic has a distinctly bitter and herbal taste with a hint of sweetness from the Campari. The tonic water adds a quinine bitterness and a fizzy texture that lightens the drink. It's a balanced mix of bitter, sweet, and bubbly.

Interesting facts about Campari Tonic

  • Campari is known for its vibrant red color, which is naturally derived from carmine until 2006, when the recipe was altered to be carmine-free.
  • The Campari Tonic is often associated with Italian aperitivo culture, which is a social ritual of enjoying drinks and small plates before a meal.
  • Campari was originally intended as a medicinal elixir, and its bitter taste is due to the infusion of herbs and fruit in alcohol and water.


  • Fever tree premium tonic water: 4.5 oz(135ml)
  • Campari: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Orange wedge: 1

Fever-Tree Premium Tonic Water

The high-quality quinine in Fever-Tree Tonic provides a crisp bitterness that balances the herbaceous sweetness of Campari. It's the effervescent carrier of flavor that makes this cocktail refreshing. If you go flat, you might as well be wearing socks with sandals - just wrong.

Alex Green


Campari is the heart of the drink, providing a complex bitter flavor and a vibrant red hue that's as eye-catching as a Ferrari at a Fiat convention. If you skimp on it, the cocktail loses its bold character, and too much might make you pucker more than a duck-face selfie.

Mary Mitkina

Orange Wedge

A squeeze of orange lifts the drink with a touch of citrus, marrying beautifully with the bitterness of Campari. It's like that pop of color in a monochrome outfit - without it, everything is just less interesting.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Campari Tonic Drink

  1. Prepare the Glass
    • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes to the brim.
  2. Mix the Drink
    • Pour 1.5 oz of Campari over the ice.
    • Top with 4.5 oz of Fever-Tree Premium Tonic Water.
  3. Garnish
    • Gently stir the mixture.
    • Squeeze an orange wedge over the drink and drop it in or place it on the rim as garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Ice: Use large ice cubes to reduce dilution and keep your drink cold longer.
  • Orange Wedge: Express the oils of the orange wedge over the glass before dropping it in to enhance the aroma.
  • Balance: Adjust the ratio of Campari to tonic to suit your taste. More tonic will make it lighter and less bitter.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp or seared scallops: The bitterness of Campari pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of shellfish.

Snack Foods

  • Marinated olives or salted nuts: The saltiness complements the bitter and refreshing taste of the Campari Tonic.

Italian Cuisine

  • Charcuterie boards: Featuring cured meats and cheeses, which contrast nicely with the crispness of the tonic.

Citrus-Flavored Dishes

  • Lemon chicken: The citrus notes can echo the orange in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Campari Tonic

  • Tonic Water: Any quality tonic water can be used, though Fever-Tree is recommended for its clean and balanced flavor.
  • Campari: While Campari is unique, Aperol can be used for a sweeter and less bitter profile.

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Spicy Campari Tonic

Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño to the drink. Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño slice in the glass before adding ice, Campari, and tonic. Stir gently and garnish with an orange wedge. Flavor: The spiciness of the jalapeño adds a warming kick to the drink, creating a contrasting experience to the original's cool bitterness.

Campari Tonic with a Splash of Soda

Ingredients: Add 1 oz of soda water to lighten the drink. Recipe: Pour Campari over ice, add tonic water and top off with soda water. Stir and garnish with an orange wedge. Flavor: A subtler bitterness with an extra fizz, perfect for those preferring a gentler touch on the palate.

Rosemary Campari Tonic

Ingredients: Add a sprig of rosemary. Recipe: Bruise the rosemary in your hand to release oils, then stir it in with the Campari and tonic. Garnish with an orange wedge and the rosemary sprig. Flavor: The herbaceous aroma of rosemary complements the Campari, giving the drink an earthy depth and a sophisticated twist.

In case you forgot basics how to make Campari Tonic

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Campari Tonic

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Campari Tonic?

Yes, you can substitute Campari with a non-alcoholic aperitif or bitter syrup to create a similar flavor profile without the alcohol.

What kind of ice is best for the Campari Tonic?

Clear, large ice cubes are ideal as they melt slower and dilute the drink less over time, maintaining its flavor and strength.

Is the Campari Tonic suitable for a low-carb diet?

While the Campari Tonic has 15g of carbohydrates, you can lower the carb count by opting for a diet tonic water.

How should I store Campari after opening?

Campari should be stored in a cool, dark place to maintain its flavor. There's no need to refrigerate it, but keep it away from direct sunlight.

What is the shelf life of an opened bottle of Campari?

After opening, Campari can last for several years if stored properly. Its high alcohol content helps preserve it.

Are there any seasonal variations of the Campari Tonic I can try?

Certainly, adding seasonal garnishes such as a sprig of rosemary in winter or cucumber slices in summer can add a unique twist to your cocktail.

Is the Campari Tonic vegan-friendly?

Campari Tonic can be considered vegan-friendly as it typically doesn't contain animal products, but it's always best to check the labels for specific brand ingredients.

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