Recipes from the Lab

Tequila House Cocktail with Campari Ice Ball

Campari® is one of those unique flavors that people either 'get' or dislike completely, similar to the reaction some people have with cilantro (love or hate).  It is a shame too because Campari® has a beautifully complex bitter-sweet flavor combination that is almost indescribable. It can make the ordinary exquisite and extraordinary even more unique and amazing.


The House Tequila Cocktail plays well with the unique bitterness of the Campari® and the agave smokiness creates a flavor that will keep your mouth wanting more. The drink requires a little prep, but it is worth it.

Shaker, strainer, double old-fashioned glass, Whiskey Ice Co Spherical Ice Ball Maker, ½ oz – 1 ½ oz. Professional Stainless Jigger

To make Campari ice ball:
Add 3 ounces of Campari® to the Whiskey Ice Co.® Ice Mold; add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, 1 Tbsp. Agnostura® Bitters and fill to the top of the logo with fresh water. Freeze until solid and form an ice ball using your Whiskey Ice Co.® Spherical Ice Ball Maker

To make fresh ginger juice:
Grate a 4 inch piece of fresh ginger into a bowl with a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve, once grated, express the juice from the grated ginger (you should have about 1/2 an ounce of fresh ginger juice).

In a large double old-fashioned glass, add the Campari® ice ball and set to the side.

Next, in a shaker half-filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of good silver/blanco tequila (we like Corzo® Silver for its bright and tropical notes), 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice (or the juice of about half a large lime), 1/2 ounce simple syrup and 1/4 ounce fresh ginger juice (see recipe above) and shake vigorously (about 30-40 shakes), like you are mad at it.  


Strain cocktail over the Campari® ice ball and add a small splash of soda water or preferably orange soda water (like Lacroix sparkling orange water -- please not "orange soda" though).  As the Campari® ice ball melts, it will slowly release the Campari® flavor and start to change the color of the drink to red.

Optionally, you can increase the ratio of tequila, to make it more of a "sipper", which will give the Campari® ice ball more time to infuse the drink. Whichever way you decide to enjoy the drink, remember to always enjoy responsibly.