Gin-Campari Old-Fashioned


Dave Kwiatkowski of The Sugar House creates this variation on an old-fashioned by swapping gin for the whiskey. A splash of Campari adds bitterness and a rosy color.

1 drink


  • One 2-inch-long strip of lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon Demerara simple syrup (see Note)

  • 1 teaspoon Campari

  • 3 dashes of grapefruit bitters

  • Scant pinch of fine sea salt

  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Knickerbocker or Beefeater 24

  • Ice


  1. In a rocks glass, muddle the lemon zest with the simple syrup, Campari, grapefruit bitters and sea salt. Add the gin and a few ice cubes and stir until well chilled. Top with more ice and serve right away.

    Gin-Campari Old-Fashioned
    © Marcus Nilsson


To make Demerara simple syrup, in a small saucepan, dissolve 1/4 cup Demerara sugar (a coarse, raw cane sugar) in 1/4 cup water over moderate heat.

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