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Today's cocktail hails from Italy – Garibaldi. 

What is it?

A Garibaldi is more than a blend of fresh orange and Campari. With each sip of this zesty aperitivo (appetizer), you’re toasting one of modern Italy’s founding fathers. 


This aromatic aperitivo has been mixed since the 1930s. It is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, the 19th-century politician and general who paved the way for Italy’s unification. Fittingly, the recipe unites north and south Italy: Campari from Milan, and juice squeezed from Sicilian oranges. Paler siblings of the Garibaldi are served across Europe. But in a drink paying homage to the bold exploits of Giuseppe, weak color won’t do. 

You’ll need 

3–4 blood oranges 
3–4 ice cubes 
2fl oz (60ml) Campari 
1 slice of orange, to garnish 


Step 1: Halve the fruit and reserve a thin slice of orange for the cocktail’s garnish. 
Step 2: Squeeze the juice from the orange halves. 
Step 3: Tip the ice cubes into a highball glass. 
Step 4: Pour the Campari and about 5fl oz (150ml) of blood orange juice over the ice. 
Step 5: Adorn the rim of the glass with an orange slice and enjoy. 

Tasting notes 

The ruby hue of a well-mixed Garibaldi is thanks to a generous ratio of Campari to juice and blood oranges. Freshly squeezed blood orange juice has an unmistakeable tart sweetness; it lends the Garibaldi essential piquancy. The first sip can shock the taste buds, but Campari’s floral notes mellow the acid tang. 

Sanguinello (blood orange) is a quintessentially Sicilian flavor – more than half of the island’s orange groves are devoted to these distinctive citrus fruits. Many are cultivated near the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano. With its major ingredient blooming from volcanic soil, the Garibaldi has a fiery origin entirely suited to Italy’s formidable founding father. 

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This article was originally published in April 2020 and updated in November 2020. 

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This article was first published April 2020 and updated November 2020

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