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

Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail


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.

Cocktail summary
Posted by Dan on 6/06/2010
Created by
AmateurHour, commenter on Oh Go.sh and Cocktail Chronicales
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(121 ratings)
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  • 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
  • Did the aperol/campari split as suggested in the comments. that gave it great grapefruit notes. Garnished with lemon peel
  • Yet to try
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Oh, fellas and ladies...this is one hellllllllllluvvva drink! Did it with Bombay, half Aperol half Campari. Awesome color, fantastic flava!

We have a restaurant here in Chicago called Parsons, they specialize in fried chicken and fish, and feature a totally fantastic Frozen Negroni. I'ma ask them if they'd consider putting a batch of these through their frosty machine! It'd be perfect.

12-04-2014...tried a further experiment, adding 3 drops of Brooklyn Hemispherical's Spicy Charred Pineapple bitters...Good Choice, accentuated the grapefruit notes even further.

Another batch, using Peychaud's, wasn't as successful, yielding a drink that lost the grapefruit and turned into more of a medicinal concoction.

Sorry, I'm gonna keep touting this drink...it's fantastic.  Made it for several friends, progeny and assorted drink enthusiasts...have received nothing but praise for it's restrained, sophisticated yet readily identifiable flavors.  Always use the charred pineapple bitters now, drink's color always gets mentioned.  A real winnah!

I agree. I just granted the Bitter Elder a 5 star curator review, which makes it an Editors Choice cocktail.

I 2nd the comparison to ruby grapefruit. I'm fine with bitter, but this is a funny combo of bitter and acidic. Made with mediocre gin, so maybe botanicals save it. For the record I'm not a grapefruit fan, so maybe it's me, too.

A G commented on 6/28/2020:

Went with equal Campari and Elderflower (3/4 each) to 1 1/2 Sipsmith and 1/2 Lemon Juice so that the Bitter Elder has some bitterness.   Very nice drink!  

Really enjoyed this one. Plymouth Gin. Used Aperol 1 for 1 in place of Campari, as I vastly prefer the former to the latter, and only keep one in house. Will make this one again for sure!

Used Beefeater gin and split the Campari and Aperol as suggested for the grapefruit taste. Carried it a step further and added 2 drops of Fees Bros grapefruit bitters. Great result. Rate 5. Wish comments would specify the gin used as different gins may change the resulting drink.