This Watermelon Campari Soda, inspired by the inventive sips I sampled around Portland during Negroni Week, just became an instant staple in the Jeffers household.
The recent heat spell (please stay forever, summer!) has us outside by the pool most nights. And when you’re sitting by the water, you just want something light, refreshing, and vaguely tropical in your hand, right?
Watermelon and Campari make a surprisingly good pair (I’m gonna call Campari’s tangy rhubarb and bright orange notes on that one), and the liqueur’s bracing bitterness comes through to keep this soda from veering into too-sweet town. A touch of coconut just makes sense. It’s summer, after all, and the Coco Lopez adds luscious body to run out the fizz.
So, in summary, if you’re looking for a refreshing, highly addictive porch and poolside sip, look no further. It’s not incredibly boozy, so it won’t knock you on your bum if you want more than one. And it’s pretty dang easy to make — a simple shake and pour and you’re in business.
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz fresh watermelon juice
- ½ oz fresh squeezed/strained lime
- ½ oz Coco Lopez
- pinch of salt
- seltzer to top
- Add everything but the seltzer to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a Collins glass filled with ice, then top with seltzer to taste (about an ounce is my fav).
If you’re looking for poolside vibes with a shorter ingredient list, check out my Coconut Watermelon Coolers. Only 4 ingredients and healthy to boot (it is bikini season, after all)! And if you want to go hardcore tiki, head on over to my Mango Mai Tai — a juicy, tropical take on the classic.
And if you try this Watermelon Campari Soda recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #gooddrink @colljeffers on Instagram. I love seeing your creations. Cheers, friends!