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GARIBALDI COCKTAIL WITH CAMPARI AND ORANGE JUICE: The Garibaldi is a fruity, bittersweet brunch cocktail that’s easy but so satisfying! At its simplest, it takes just two ingredients to make: Campari and orange juice. You can just throw the two together in a glass over ice and have a nice drink, but with a teensy bit of extra effort you can make an incredibly delicious, elevated Garibaldi.




  •  oz Campari
  • 4-6 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • pinch salt (optional)


  • Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the Campari and orange juice* into the glass and add a tiny pinch of salt.
  • Stir to combine and garnish with an orange wedge or slice.


  • Make your Garibaldi even better by “fluffing” the orange juice. To fluff the juice, pour it into a blender or use a handheld frother for about 15-30 seconds, or until foamy.

What is Campari?

Campari is a bright red, intensely bitter (but also sweet) liqueur from Piedmont, Italy. It’s made with a secret blend of herbs and fruit, including oranges and rhubarb. Apparently only one person knows the exact list of ingredients, which only adds the the mystique of this iconic red liqueur.


It can be hard to explain how Campari tastes because it has a lot of different flavors. Orange, cherry, raspberry, and spice are some of the main notes. The only other liquor that tastes like this is Aperol, which is milder and not very bitter.

For me, Campari is too strong to drink by itself. But it’s great in a Campari Soda, a spritz with sparkling wine and soda water, or the Negroni and the Americano, which are what it’s most famous for. All of these drinks are held together by Campari, which gives them their bright red color and unique sour citrusy taste.


People either really like Campari or really dislike it, and it can be hard to get used to. The sharp taste of Campari goes well with the sweetness of freshly squeezed orange juice. This makes the Garibaldi a great way to start drinking this strong liquor.

How to make the perfect Garibaldi

It’s made with a half-ounce of Campari and 4 to 6 ounces of orange juice. It’s important that the juice is newly squeezed for the best taste and sweetness. What you can do to make the drink even better and less bitter from the Campari is to make what is called “fluffy” orange juice.


Naren Young may have come up with the idea of fluffy orange drink at the New York bar Dante. To add air to orange juice at Dante, they use a high-speed juicer. At home, you can use a blender or a mobile frother. It lightens things up and lets some of the more complex tastes shine through. This extra step gives the drink a foamy head.

I like to squeeze oranges through a fine mesh screen into a measuring cup. Then I use a hand-held frother to make the juice foamy. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1.5 ounces of Campari. Then add the frothed juice on top.


An orange wedge tucked into the top of the glass is the usual way to decorate a Garibaldi, but this isn’t the best way to enjoy the drink. I put half an orange slice on top of this.

Pro tip: add a pinch of salt

Add a little salt to your Garibaldi to make it even better. When you add salt to juice, it makes it taste even sweeter and less bitter from the fruit’s pith. Adding a pinch of salt to most drinks with citrus juices makes them taste better.


The classic Margarita or the Paloma are two well-known examples. But a Gimlet or a Daiquiri tastes better with a little salt in them too.

You might also like my Cranberry Campari Spritz, Strawberry Negroni Sbagliato, Pineapple Campari Soda, or Strawberry Negroni.


Recipe variations

You can use other red bitter liqueurs with this drink recipe as well. You can also use Aperol, but it might taste too sweet. Instead of being very bitter, Aperol is a much less bitter spirit. If you want to balance out the Aperol, try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.

A Pineapple Garibaldi is one of my favorite things to make. Both Campari and orange taste great with pineapple, and the pineapple makes the juice fluffier. Just use fresh pineapple juice instead of one ounce of orange juice and mix the rest of the ingredients as you normally would. Put a pineapple frond and an orange slice on top to look nice.


A different kind of orange can also be used to make your Garibaldi more interesting. A mix of Valencia and Mandarin juice, as well as blood orange juice, have both worked really well for me. It’s a pain to juice mandarins, but the juice is very sweet. If you like mandarins, give my Mandarin Ginger Gin Sour a try!



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