Ghia Sour

Craving a cocktail that leans on the sweet, bitter flavor of Campari without the booze? This Ghia Sour will do the trick.

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Photo: Carey Jones

If you're seeking the bitter backbone of a good amaro or Campari without the booze, this Ghia Sour from Carey Jones and John D. McCarthy is bound to become a go-to in your non-alcoholic cocktail repertoire. If you haven't tried Ghia before, the popular NA aperitif balances fruity elements like Riesling grapes and yuzu with botanicals like rosemary, ginger, and gentian. It's delicious when enjoyed on the rocks or with a little club soda, and it truly shines in a simple sour, or in this case, a sour-style cocktail.

For this recipe, all you'll need is a bottle of Ghia (which stays good for three weeks after opening), simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and blood orange juice for a bit of seasonal winter flair. Be sure you're purchasing the original non-alcoholic aperitif instead of one of Ghia's three spritzes, which are delicious in their own right (we're especially fond of the ginger offering), but won't give you the right balance of flavors for this particular cocktail. If you don't have blood orange juice on hand, feel free to substitute regular orange juice — just know you'll miss out on the extra tart flavor! While we suggest using a blood orange wheel to garnish, you can also opt for a lemon twist.

With a bright, bold reddish hue, this is a booze-free cocktail that looks stunning in a chilled coupe glass and can be easily batched to please a crowd.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Ghia

  • 1 oz ice

  • 1 ounce blood orange juice

  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 blood orange round (for garnish)


  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine an ounce and a half of Ghia, an ounce of blood orange juice, a quarter-ounce of fresh lemon juice, and half an ounce of simple syrup. Shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a thin blood orange round.

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