Campari is not the same as Aperol, just in case you were wondering. Two important distinctions; Campari is higher in alcohol content and more bitter in flavor than Aperol. Like an Aperol Spritz, a Campari Spritz usually calls for Prosecco, but I used a Schramsberg Cremant for a Californian twist on this Italian classic. The Cremant Demi-sec still has a slight sweetness and acidity, but is a little less effervescent than most sparkling wines.
I like to go even ratios with this recipe, it makes it easy to make and easy to change the size of your drink depending on your glassware. I really like the bitterness of the Campari, but a lot of recipes will have a little less Campari in order to up the sweetness and cut some of the bitter flavor. Like any spritz this cocktail is totally customizable to your taste, sweetness preference, and alcohol intake. This is totally a drink that you should mess with to find your own ultimate Spritz combo.
3 oz. Campari
3oz. Schramsberg Cremant (or Prosecco)
3oz. club soda
Combine in a mixing glass and pour into a large low ball or wine glass filled with ice, garnish with orange slice.
I hope it’s spritz-weather where ever you are this weekend.