Campari Gin Cocktail: 2 Ways! The Fizz And The Sour!
We are absolutely loving this light, citrusy gin cocktail for summer! With the same set of ingredients, you can enjoy it two ways: as a Campari Gin Fizz (topped with Club Soda) in a highball glass or strained into a chilled coupe glass without Club Soda.
The difference between the two really comes down to the texture of the drink. The Club Soda adds a fizziness (thus, Fizz in the name), while the Sour drinks more like a Clover Club cocktail or a Paper Plane — no ice, straight up chilled. This is pretty much always my preference. I love an ice cold cocktail with no ice to dilute it. But the beauty of these gin cocktail recipes are that you can use the same ingredients to please a variety of preferences!
The star ingredients are gin, Campari, and fresh lemon juice — classics! Add a little homemade simple syrup to sweeten and an egg white to create a frothy, luxurious texture. This is one summer cocktail you absolutely must try!
Ingredients For A Campari Gin Fizz (Or Sour)
You’ll need Gin, Campari, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and a fresh egg white.
If you’re making a Fizz, you’ll also want to grab some club soda. The campari gin sour is made without.
For both, you’ll need a cocktail shaker with a lid or fine mesh strainer. Grab a highball glass for the Fizz, or a coupe glass for the Sour.
How Do You Make Simple Syrup?
To make simple syrup at home, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small sauce pan. Heat without bringing to a boil until the sugar has melted. Store leftover simple syrup in a squeeze bottle or airtight container in a fridge. When sealed and stored in a refrigerator, simple syrup will keep for weeks.
Alternatively, you can substitute simple syrup with agave nectar in a pinch!
How To Make A Campari Gin Fizz
Shake ingredients together. Place 1 ½ oz gin, ¾ oz Campari, ¾ oz lemon juice, ½ oz simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Secure lid, then shake for 20 seconds to aerate the drink until the egg white is frothy.
Strain into a chilled highball glass filled halfway with ice. Top off with chilled club soda, then garnish with lemon peel.
This is such a light, refreshing gin cocktail! Perfect for summer sipping.
How To Make A Campari Gin Sour
I’ll cut straight to the chase: the cocktail is made exactly the same way as the Campari Gin Fizz, with the only exception being it’s not topped with club soda.
Instead, strain the shaken cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. That’s it!
Personally, I prefer the Campari gin sour. Both highlight the natural flavors of gin, Campari, and lemon juice. While the Fizz offers, well, a fizzy texture thanks to the club soda, the sour has a more straight forward citrus flavor that is totally up my alley.
My favorite cocktail is the Paper Plane, after all, and these share a lot of similarities in terms of flavor.
What’s A Dry Shake? Is It Necessary?
In a dry shake, a cocktail is shaken twice. The first shake happens with all the ingredients before adding ice. Once the egg white begins to froth, you add the ice and shake a second time. This creates a super luscious, foamy top.
You can totally do that here! We’ve found that if you simply add ice and shake for a good 20 seconds or so, you still get an extremely frothy top.
Cheers to all the summer cocktails! This one is not only delicious, but beautiful too.
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More gin cocktail recipes to try!
- French 75
- Pomegranate Gin And Tonic
- Cranberry Gin Shaker
- Cucumber Martini
- Clover Club Cocktail
- Southside Cocktail
Campari Gin Fizz
- Cocktail shaker with strainer or large glass with tight fitting lid and a fine mesh strainer
- Highball glass if making Campari Gin Fizz
- Coupe glass if making Campari Gin Sour
- 1 ½ oz gin such as The Botanist
- ¾ oz Campari
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice about ½ large lemon
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 large egg white
- 1 oz club soda chilled, optional
- Lemon peel for garnish
- Shake ingredients together. Place 1 ½ oz gin, ¾ oz Campari, ¾ oz lemon juice, ½ oz simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Secure lid, then shake for 20 seconds to aerate the drink until the egg white is frothy.
- To make a Campari Gin Fizz: Strain into a chilled highball glass filled halfway with ice. Top off with chilled club soda, then garnish with lemon peel.
- To make a Campari Gin Sour: Strain into a chilled coupe glass without adding club soda.
- To make simple syrup at home, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small sauce pan. Heat without bringing to a boil until the sugar has melted. Store leftover simple syrup in a squeeze bottle or airtight container in a fridge. When sealed and stored in a refrigerator, simple syrup will keep for weeks.
Photography by: Pate of The G&M Kitchen