Sunday, March 25, 2007
When ever I go to a bar, the first thing I always ask is if they have my drink of choice, Campari, if they do not, I usually get stuck on what I am going to have.
Campari is an alcoholic aperitif obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. It is a type of bitters. One of the main ingredients is bark from Cascarilla trees that grow in the Bahamas.
The history of Campari began in Novara, Italy in 1860, with the invention of the original recipe by Gaspare Campari that is still in use today. The recipe incorporates over 60 ingredients and is kept confidential to this day. However, it is known that the colour comes from cochineal dye. In 1904, Campari's first production plant was opened in Sesto San Giovanni and the company began to export the brand overseas. The Campari brand is now distributed in over 190 countries.
In the Italian market, Campari mixed with carbonated water is sold in individual bottles as CampariSoda (10% alcohol by volume). CampariSoda is packaged in a distinctive bottle that was designed in the 1930s by Fortunato Depero. It was first created in 1932.
I drink it with orange juice, and has characteristics of grapefruit juice...