Garibaldi 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 Garibaldi is a simple yet delightful cocktail that has gained popularity for its refreshing taste and easy preparation. It is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian general and nationalist who contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of modern Italy.

  • Origins: The cocktail's origins are somewhat unclear, but it is believed to have been created in Italy.
  • Popularity: It is particularly popular among those who appreciate the bitter-sweet flavor profile.
  • Occasions: Perfect for brunch or as an aperitivo.

How Garibaldi Tastes?

The Garibaldi cocktail offers a bittersweet taste with a tangy citrus kick. The Campari provides a herbal bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the fresh, sweet and slightly tart flavor of the orange juice.

Interesting facts about Garibaldi

  • Inventive Juice: The 'fluffy' orange juice is typically made by using a high-speed juicer to incorporate air and create a frothy texture.
  • Italian Connection: The cocktail's name and ingredients pay homage to the Italian heritage.
  • Versatility: The Garibaldi can be enjoyed all year round, but it's particularly refreshing during the summer months.



Campari, the heart of this cocktail, is an Italian aperitif known for its bitter, herbal, and slightly sweet flavor. At 1.5oz, it's just enough to assert itself without overpowering the delicate balance. Miss on this and you're tipping the scales towards a fruit punch. No Campari, no Garibaldi - it's that simple. A suitable alternative? Try Aperol if you must; it's sweeter, less bitter, and will paint your drink in a slightly different shade of red.

Emma Rose

Orange Juice

Freshest is bestest, especially for our 4oz of orange juice - making it 'fluffy' by using a juicer adds a frothy, creamy texture that Campari alone can't achieve. If you skimp, you'll leave Campari hanging, dry and too bitter on the tongue. If you overdo it, you'll drown out the subtler notes of your aperitif. No OJ? Well, then you're out of juice in more ways than one. But in a squeeze, a high-quality store-bought version without added sugars can do the trick.

Alex Green

Orange Wedge

It's the garnish that crowns our Garibaldi. More than just a pretty face, it adds a zesty aroma that tempts the nose before the lips even make a splash. Leave it out, and the drink is like a joke without a punchline. Swap in a lemon, and you're playing a new tune on an old fiddle.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Garibaldi Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Campari.
  3. Top with approximately 4 ounces of fresh 'fluffy' orange juice.
  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a fresh orange wedge on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Juice Quality: Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor and 'fluffiness'.
  • Ice Matters: Use large ice cubes to keep the drink cold without diluting it too quickly.
  • Gentle Stir: Stir gently to maintain the frothy texture of the orange juice.

Perfect Pairings


  • Bruschetta: The citrus and bitterness of the Garibaldi pairs perfectly with the fresh tomato, garlic, and basil in bruschetta.
  • Charcuterie: A platter of cured meats like salami and prosciutto can cut through the bitterness of Campari.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The simple flavors of grilled chicken will be enhanced by the fresh orange flavor.
  • Seafood Pasta: A dish with a light citrus sauce would complement the orange notes in the Garibaldi.


  • Citrus Sorbet: A dessert that echoes the orange in the cocktail will create a cohesive tasting experience.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: Between sips of the cocktail, cleanse your palate with some refreshing sparkling water.

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What you could change in Garibaldi

  • Campari Substitute: Aperol can be used for a sweeter and less bitter taste.
  • Orange Juice Alternative: Blood orange juice can provide a unique twist and a deeper color.

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Garibaldi Spicy Twist

  • Campari: 1.5oz
  • Chili-infused Orange Juice: 4oz
  • Jalapeño slice: for garnish

Add a kick to the classic by infusing your orange juice with a bit of chili pepper. The heat will take you on a little detour through the spicy side of the street, while keeping the soul of the original firmly intact.

Garibaldi alla Fragola

  • Campari: 1.5oz
  • Strawberry Orange Juice: 4oz
  • Fresh Strawberry: for garnish

Muddle some strawberries into your orange juice for a fruity twist. It’s like the Garibaldi decided to put on a summer dress and twirl around the Italian countryside.

Garibaldi Fizz

  • Campari: 1oz
  • Fresh Orange Juice: 3oz
  • Prosecco: 1oz

Sometimes, bubbles are a reason to celebrate on their own. Adding a splash of prosecco to your Garibaldi turns it into a fizzy delight that dances on your tongue with a refreshing effervescence.

In case you forgot basics how to make Garibaldi

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 Garibaldi

How can I achieve the 'fluffy' orange juice texture recommended for the Garibaldi cocktail?

You can achieve a 'fluffy' texture by squeezing fresh oranges and then using a hand blender or electronic juicer that incorporates air, creating a frothy consistency.

What type of glassware is traditionally used for serving a Garibaldi?

A Garibaldi is typically served in a highball glass, which allows plenty of room for ice and the appropriate ratio of Campari to orange juice.

Can the Garibaldi cocktail be made in a large batch for parties?

Yes, you can mix Campari and orange juice in a larger pitcher. Remember to gently stir and not shake to maintain the fluffiness of the juice.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Garibaldi?

Absolutely, for a non-alcoholic Garibaldi, you can use a non-alcoholic bitter aperitif or soda in place of Campari.

Does the Garibaldi cocktail contain any common allergens?

The Garibaldi typically does not contain allergens; however, it's always best to check the specific brands of ingredients used for potential allergens.

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