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Jun 23, 2010 04:11 PM

Making your own Campari?

Please correct if this should be in the "Home Cooking" board. I've made limoncello and irish cream pretty successfully, and looking to branch out. One of my favorites is Campari ... but googling for recipes yields nothing.

Anyone made anything Campari-ish? Thanks.

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  1. No, I've never done it.

    But, at one time I wanted to figure out the ingredients and attempt a re-creation of Benedictine, my favorite liqueur. I eventually gave up. Some things are still secret, even with the flow of information on the interwebs.

    According to this article Campari is made from a blend of equal parts of alcohol, sugar syrup, distilled water, and an infusion flavored with oranges, rhubarb, and 60 other secret herbs and spices. The red color used to come from a dye made from insects, but in 2006 was replaced by an artificial food dye.

    1. My guess is that it'll be hard to impossible to replicate the destinctive Campari flavor, but homemade amari are common in Italy. Wikipedia actually has a decent entry on amaro:

      I've never made any (though your post may have inspired me!) but there are some recipes out there: (in Italian - I put it thru Google Translate


      Good luck!