Cocktail for Canada Day

Campari & SodaSince Italian bitters such as Campari and Cynar are bringing Milanese flare to fancy urban lounges and patios this summer, bitters seemed like the perfect place to start when I considered developing a Canada Day Cocktail.

I love the dry, quenching taste of a classic Campari and soda like the one pictured here (Thanks for another great photo, Tracy Cox!) but I wanted to make something even more summery for our country’s birthday. In the end I combined yummy, cold watermelon with campari to create this Campari Canadiana pitcher drink that you can share with friends. Cheers!

Campari Canadiana

1/3 cup (75 mL) campari
1/3 cup (75 mL) sweet vermouth
3 cups (750 mL) watermelon chunks
2 cups (500 mL) crushed ice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until slushy and evenly combined. Serve in tall glasses with a straw and a stir stick. Makes 6 servings.

Classic Campari Cocktail

1 oz (30 mL) campari
1 oz (30 mL) sweet vermouth
1 orange wedge

Fill a double old-fashioned glass almost full with ice. Add the campari and vermouth and squeeze the orange wedge over the glass. Top with soda and garnish with the orange wedge.

Do you have a special Canada menu or drink that you serve every year?

10 Responses to Cocktail for Canada Day

  1. I just raced to the liquor cabinet to check whether I had Campari or not. Sadly no. I wonder if my local store is open yet…
    No traditional menu. Usually we BBQ, but Hubby is out of town working so I think the girls and I will have a picnic.

  2. Rosa says:

    Happy Canada Day! That cocktail looks really good!



  3. danamccauley says:

    Thanks Rosa! When is Switzerland’s national day?

    Cheryl, a picnic sounds great. When Oliver was little he and I used to picnic a lot.

  4. Diva says:

    Another gorgeous pic and I love the watermelon / Campari combo, Dana. It sounds so refreshing and festive!

    Happy Canada Day!!

  5. danamccauley says:

    Diva, since you are the cocktail queen, I’ll take that as high praise!

  6. Our treat this year is raspberry maple ice cream.

    Drinks? Probably VQA wine. Or maybe Sangria — with Canadian fruit, of course.

    Wish the weather was better but we’ll make do.

    Happy Canada / Dominion Day!!

  7. CakeSpy says:

    Ooh, I love campari. I think I’m close enough to Canada to enjoy a post-Canada day cocktail!

  8. danamccauley says:

    CakeSpy, you can have one for July 4th – just garnish the drink with some blueberries and pop in a white straw!

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