With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought a red cocktail was in order. And so, I mixed up a Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail. The nice coincidence is that it’s Progressive Eats time again and our theme this month is “All Things Citrus.” Needless to say, a blood orange-based cocktail fits right into that theme.
I’ve been a Campari fan for years, attracted by its unique taste. (I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that the recipe is proprietary.) At once bitter, yet sweet, with an herbal quality that is tough to describe, Campari (straight or on the rocks) became my “go to” aperitif in law school. More recently, I discovered the Negroni, a Campari-based cocktail.
Now, I’ve taken my Campari fixation in a slightly new direction. Pairing it with blood orange juice and Prosecco, a sparkling white Italian wine, I got Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail. With a sprig of mint, the juice from a blood orange, and the bubbles from the slightly sweet Prosecco, it’s refreshing without being sweet. That’s my idea of a perfect alternative to a brunch mimosa as well as a great before dinner cocktail.
What’s the difference between blood oranges and “regular” oranges?
- First of all, they have an incredibly dark and dramatic appearance when you cut them open.
- Second, blood oranges are less acidic compared to other oranges. They can also be sweeter than regular oranges, though not always.
- Third, blood oranges have a “je ne sais qua” taste. It’s unique and you’ll just have to decide for yourself how to describe it.
If you’re a glutton for food facts, check out this post on what blood oranges are and how to use them.
This recipe calls for ounces of juice, Campari, and Prosecco. If you use a shot glass, as I did, just keep in mind that shot glasses vary in size. They are typically between 1 and 2 ounces. Mine is a small (1 ounce) one, so it’s perfect for making this single serving cocktail. If I were making a pitcher, or even a couple of glasses of Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail, I would definitely use a measuring cup.
Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail
A refreshing cocktail made with Campari, blood orange juice, Prosecco, and a sprig of mint. Perfect for a brunch drink or a before dinner cocktail.
- 1 ounce Campari
- 2 ounces blood orange juice About 3/4 of a blood orange, leaving a quarter for a garnishing slice and a bit to eat.
- 2 - 2 1/2 ounces Prosecco
- 1 sprig mint
- 1 half-moon slice blood orange (optional)
Pour into a tall (champagne flute or similar) glass, the Campari, blood orange juice and Prosecco.
Slightly bruise the mint leaves to release their flavor by rubbing them gently between your fingers. Garnish with the mint and (optional) blood orange slice.
You can use champagne or Cava as an alternative to Prosecco. If you do, be aware that they tend to be drier/less sweet than Prosecco, which will slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.
Progressive Eats Citrus Menu
- Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail from Mother Would Know
- Muhammara with Blood Orange from Pastry Chef Online
- Orange and Anise Scented Challah from OMG! Yummy
- Chicken Milanese with Citrus Salsa from Healthy Delicious
- Citrus Salad with Honey-Tarragon Vinaigrette from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Lemon Rice – South Indian Rice With Lemon from SpiceRoots
- Blood Orange Upside Down Cake from Creative Culinary
- Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Cake from Food Hunters Guide
- Meyer Lemon Mousse from The Redhead Baker
- Raspberry Topped Lemon Souffles from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.