1 1⁄2 oz Gin
1⁄2 oz Campari
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice

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Delicious and only slightly bitter.


Cocktail resulted from a refinement of an unnamed cocktail using Aperol on Cocktail Chronicles. An anonymous commenter "amateurhour" created the cocktail. A similar comment a month later on ohgo.sh confirms the recipe.

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Posted by Dan on
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AmateurHour, commenter on Oh Go.sh and Cocktail Chronicales
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  • Lovely light and refreshing.
  • Nice balance of bitter and sweet. A bit heavy on the St. Germain flavor though. Not sure how to fix that without making it too bitter.
  • Did the Campari/Aperol split, it does smell and taste reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Nice. — ★★★★
  • Half Aperol and half Campari. Key. And garnish of lemon peel
  • Simple and delicious. Next time, up the Campari? (👍)
  • 1/2 Campari / 1/2 Aperol + 1d Grapefruit bitters
  • Refreshingly bitter with a sparkle of St. Germain peaking through. Helping me get through the Chartreuse drought. — ★★★★★
  • Excellent. Added 1/2 oz Campari and 1/2 oz brovo Amaro 14. Could play around with a few things but this one is quite good, with grapefruit flavors.
  • Very balanced, very delicious! Added a little lemon garnish — ★★★★★
  • try with 1/4 campari and 1/4 aperol
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bstein commented on 4/21/2012:

My friend Hugh summed it up, "This is everything a Cosmopolitan wants to be and everything it isn't."

Made it with cynar substituting for the campari and got a seriously good drink. I used Berkeley Square as the gin, which is quite herbal, so between that and the cynar this probably ended up significantly more herbal than the original recipe intends but it worked really well.

I have finally found something nice with Campari in! Really like this drink and the flavour pairing in it. Delightful!

Dan commented on 8/30/2012:

Glad you like this. It is a favorite of mine for when I have a bottle of St Germaine open. You might also try a touch of Campari added to a Pegu Club. This was a drink that got my wife to like Campari.

Delicious. Tried with half Campari, half Aperol per the suggestion below and it's quite good. Lovely pink color and just slightly bitter. Very appealing.

I really agree w/ the rest of the commentators here: 50/50 on the campari & aperol. Awesome drink! So do we call that substitution a Bitter Elder #2?

Dan commented on 10/14/2013:

For the bitter lover, the Bitter Elder works brilliantly using the inverted amaro template:
2 oz Campari
1 oz gin (ideally overproof & high juniper)
1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur
3/4 oz lemon (or lime)

jaba commented on 12/14/2013:

Made this with half Cynar/half Luxardo Bitter in place of the Campari.
Holy crap was that good.

Here's my take on this drink using the Campari/Aperol combo..

Lovely rose pink color with a very, very light nose that is gin forward with a touch of fruit sweetness from the Campari and Aperol - I’m somewhat stunned to not smell any of the St. Germaine. Sip is sweet and St. Germaine dominant on the front of the tongue while the midpalate sees the gin and its juniper notes come out immediately followed by the grapefruit-like bitterness from the Campari and Aperol. The back of the tongue and the swallow see that grapefruit profile grow stronger as the tart lemon juice develops. Amidst all these flavors the St. Germaine still darts in and out providing consistent sweet honey and lychee notes. The finish is pretty bitter with the most immediate flavor comparison being grapefruit juice with a hint of juniper and a good deal of elderflower. All in all, the grapefruit juice comparison is the most telling. Let’s say you were serving a customer at a bar and were thinking of something interesting to do for them with St. Germaine, or even trying to guide someone into drinking gin, and you asked them if they liked grapefruit juice, and they said yes, then you would no doubt have great success with this drink, however, if they say they don’t like grapefruit juice, then the chances are they will hate this drink.