Last Updated on September 17, 2023 by Leah Hall
This Strawberry Infused Campari is easy to make and adds so much flavor into cocktails. This is perfect in a Strawberry Negroni, and is a great summer cocktail ingredient!
This easy recipe is a strawberry infused twist on Campari. The strawberry infused Campari adds a layer of summer flavor that works well with the bitter, citrus bite of Campari.
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A strawberry infusion is a great way to pop the intense flavor of Campari, but makes the bitter liqueur a little more accessible. But, we think even seasoned Campari drinkers will enjoy this fruity infusion!
How to make Strawberry Infused Campari
Campari is easy to infuse with a variety of fruits, not just strawberry. But, to make the infusion, add chopped strawberries, about 1 cup, into a mason jar or other glass container. Cover the fruit with Campari, filing until the strawberries are covered, about 1 1/2 cups. Close the jar and give it a shake, then place it in a cool, dry place away from the sun for 3-4 days.
After the infusion time, you will have delicious strawberry infused Campari. Make sure to taste it before straining out the strawberries and see if the flavor is where you like it. You can infuse longer if you would like. Strain out the berries and store the remaining liquid in a jar or bottle. It will stay fresher in the fridge, but can be kept on the shelf, but the shelf-life is much shorter.
This is a great use for over ripe berries that aren’t pretty, or have lost some of their juiciness.
This batch of Campari will be enough for around 10 cocktails. Remember that riper berries will give more flavor to the Campari and soak up less of the liqueur. It’s easy to double the recipe if you want to have more on hand.
What is Campari?
Campari is a bitter aperitif that is made in Italy. An aperitif isl ow in alcohol content and has a bittersweet flavor that comes from herbs and plants, as well as orange in this case.
Campari has some strong flavors of orange, cherry and clove. It is bitter, but can become sweeter as it dilutes in your cocktail.
Campari is one of the main ingredients of the classic Negroni, made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. One of the easiest ways to play with the flavor profile of Campari is with an infusion. We did this infusion in our Strawberry Negroni, or infused it with bacon in our Breakfast Negroni.
Campari and a lot of other aperitifs have a lot of flavor. Usually there are already dozens of herbs and plants already in their ingredients.
But, that you can bring out different flavors with an infusion. Fresh strawberries seem to add some sweetness to Campari. It seems to let go of most of the bitterness that can put people off of Campari.
The Campari mellows out with the strawberry infusion, so it still has the bitter finish, it also brings out the orange flavor and strawberry sweetness. It’s delicious served over ice and with soda water. And, as we said above, a great Strawberry Negroni, too!
Tips and Tricks
- Cocktails: This makes an amazing strawberry Negroni. Another one would be a great spritz with the strawberry infused Campari, sparkling wine and soda water.
- Other Infusion Ingredients: We made a great Cranberry Negroni with cranberry infused Campari, You can also use any berry: blueberry or blackberry. Other flavor ideas can be coffee beans, cocao nibs, chocolate chips, pineapple, blood orange, rosemary, coconut, walnuts, or even spices for winter.
- Infusion Time: try to test the flavor of the Campari after day 3, and every day after if you leave your infusion in there longer. This is to make sure the flavor is where you want it. Don’t let it be too short of a time or too long of a time!
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Other Infused Alcohols
- Strawberry Vodka
- Christmas Mulled Vermouth – Cocktail Contessa
- Homemade Peach Liqueur
- Lilac Liqueur
- Rhubarb and Orange Infused Aperol– A Duck’s Oven
This Strawberry Infused Campari is full of flavor and adds a great summery touch to the bittersweet liqueur.
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1.50 cups Campari
- Add strawberries in jar. Top with Campari.
- Top with lid and shake.
- Store in dark, cool place for at least 3 days.
- When ready, strain out strawberries and store liquid in jar or bottle.
- Will keep well around a 2 months in the refrigerator.
Check the Campari infusion after 3 days, and you can infuse longer if you would like. Just taste test each day until it is to your liking.
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Serving Size:1 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Carbohydrates: 8.9gFiber: .2gSugar: .6gProtein: .1g
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