The Compass Rose
This was an original recipe I submitted for a recent Campari competition.
The rules were simple:
1) feature Campari and use at least 3/4 oz;
2) no more than 6 ingredients;
3) be able to make five identical cocktails in seven minutes;
4) all ingredients should be available at any local grocery and liquor store.
The cocktail should also be created as an introduction to to drinkers unfamiliar with Campari.
Campari is not the easiest ingredient to work with, but I really like the flavour. I think you can go in two different directions with this contest. You can either try to soothe the strong flavors of Campari with something like orange juice, or you can celebrate the Campari by bringing out the bitterness.
I embraced the bitterness and went for an old-style cocktail featuring Campari, Brandy, Maraschino and Bitters.
1.5 oz Cognac
.75 oz Campari
.25 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1 Dash of Fee's whiskey barrel aged bitters
Try out this recipe and let me know what you think. If you've got a great Campari recipe I'd like to see that as well. If I find out what the winners are, I'll post them here.