Sunday Cocktails: Aperol v. Campari

While out having dinner one night, Hubby and I got into a debate over which was better, Aperol or Campari. My personal preference was Campari with its spicy flavor and strong orange undertones. Hubby preferred Aperol because it's sweeter and lighter than Campari but still has that citrus taste.

Both Aperol and Campari are italian aperitifs. While we disagree as to which was better, hubby and I did agree that when not used properly the two can ruin a drink. 

An apéritif is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite, and is therefore usually dry rather than sweet.
— Wikipedia

When used in a small quantity they add just the right amount of bitter that can complete a drink. In a large portion they become the star of the cocktail.

My quest this Sunday was to find two drinks, that feature either Aperol or Campari, that we both can enjoy.

 
Teresa from the Joy of Mixology

Teresa from the Joy of Mixology

Teresa

  • 2 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • .75 oz Creme de Casis

From Gary Regan's The Joy of Mixology,  the Teresa showcases Campari's spice while balances it with the sweetness of Creme de Casis. I was surprised I enjoyed this cocktail since I'm not a big fan of Creme de Casis. The Campari is so intense it keeps the liqueur from taking over.

 
Aperol Collins

Aperol Collins

Aperol Collins

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  •    1 oz Aperol
  •  .5 oz Lemon Juice

Aperol and soda is a classic way to enjoy this aperitif. I decided to stick with the simplicity but up the alcohol content with vodka. I originally planned to add some simple syrup but felt that the Aperol added enough sweetness.

Surprisingly I liked the Aperol drink more and Hubby chose the Campari Cocktail. I guess this shows that you should never completely right a spirit off, there's always a cocktail out there that might change your mind.

I'm a Baltimore gal that loves her home town almost as much as a good drink. A bit of a cocktail geek that loves the classics while experimenting with my own recipes. I'm home schooled and eager to learn more about the spirited world of cocktails.