Saturday, April 05, 2008

What is in Campari?

Since I kinda choked this question on "The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis," (after raving about how much I love Campari and have drunk it with soda water since I was a teenager spending summers with my family in Beaulieu Sur/Mer, France) I had to redeem my momentary lapse of memory here on The Liquid Muse Blog with a good description of what is in Campari!

Better yet, here's what Wikipedia says:

"The history of Campari began in Novara, Italy in 1860, with the invention of the original recipe by Gaspare Campari that is still in use today. The recipe incorporates over sixty ingredients and is kept confidential to this day; according to the Campari Group, the president Luca Garavoglia...the only person in the world who knows the entire formula for the original family recipe.[1] However, among the ingredients are quinine and other bitter herbs, rhubarb, spices, ginseng, bergamot oil, orange peel. It is known that the colour comes from natural Carmine Cochineal E20. One of the main ingredients is bark from Cascarilla trees that grow in the Bahamas.[2]"

7 comments:

That Guy at the Bar said...

Ahhh, I suddenly feel the need for a Vodka Negroni. Oh wait it's only 12:30 in the afternoon. Better wait an hour.....

jimmyp said...

I'm afraid the carmine is gone, at least here in the US. You can tell the old bottles from the new, as the old ones say "Contains Natural Carmine" and the new ones say "Contains Artiicial Color."

jimmyp said...

ooops. that should say "artificial."

natalie@theliquidmuse.com said...

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Yes, a Negroni is wonderful any time of any day. 12:30 in the afternoon - what are you waiting for???

And, Jimmy P, as usual your input and expertise is always appreciated.

xo The Liquid Muse

DC Celine said...

mmmmm...campari...been in love with it ever since my year abroad when my host mother taught me to drink campari orange and campari & soda.

DCRay said...

I could go for a Negroni anytime of day or night!!!

I love that you're highlighting Campari, Natalie! Yay!

Warmer temps in DC = Campari Soda! mmmmmm

Tiare said...

Interesting post! i have just like you been drinking it since i was a teenager. I`m soon going to post about Campari on my new tiki drink/cocktails/rum/spirits/food blog:

http://amountainofcrushedice.blogspot.com/

Cheers!