Fun with Meyer lemons: Campari and lemon aperitivi.

Campari and Lemon Aperitivo

So you know how we received that box of gorgeous Meyer lemons from Rustic Garden Bistro? Over the past couple weeks we’ve been devising ways to use them up, so be prepared for a small onslaught of Meyer-lemon-related goodness.

The first thing that came to Michel’s mind was a cocktail he devised when we had some Meyers on hand a few months ago, as a way to actually enjoy drinking Campari. I like it with just a little ice, but M needs to have something added to it to cut the quasi-medicinal taste, often a bit of ginger ale. The sweetness of the Meyer intrigued him as a potential mixer so he emptied the contents of one lemon in his drink and he was finally in love with the liqueur that for me did not require any alteration.

This cocktail recipe is a meeting of the minds, if you will, in enjoying Campari–while not straight, it still has the great bitter, herbal flavors that are mollified by the sweetness of the Meyer lemon–and is a great way to unwind from the day to boot. It’s not the most complicated drink, but it is delicious–the perfect way to start the evening.

Campari-Meyer-Lemon Aperitivi

Serves 2

  • 5-6 ice cubes, divided
  • 4 oz Campari, divided
  • One Meyer lemon, 2 strips of peel reserved and then the lemon cut in half

Fill two glasses with ice and then add 2 oz of Campari to each glass. Squeeze one half of the lemon into each glass, stir with a spoon, and garnish with a lemon peel. Serve immediately.

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4 comments
  1. Why don’t I love Campari? I want to–it seems so chic, and it looks so pretty. But every time I order it, I’m not in love.

  2. Mmmm. Boy does that campari and lemon aperitivi ever look good.

    Do you know where I can find a good Meyer lemon lemonade recipe?

    Your blog rocks.
    Susan

  3. Kim said:

    Ok… so now I need to find some Campari, because I have no idea what it is! And your description of “medicinal taste” is not helping. 😛

    Glad you’re finding useful ways to finish out your Meyers!

    [K]

    • It’s very herbal and very bitter–the mix of herbs is a secret but is close to 150 different ingredients, but with some ice it’s SO GOOD before a meal–and even though we didn’t try it until we got back from Italy, it takes me back to Torino every time.

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