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DRINK WELL
ROSÉ APERITIVO
INGREDIENTS
• 25ml Campari
• 25ml Cointreau
• 50ml hand-squeezed orange
juice
• 50ml sparkling rosé wine
• Basil sprig to garnish
METHOD
C O C K TA I L S W I T H A L I C E L A S C E L L E S
ROS É A P E R I T I VO
Boisdale Life’s resident drinks expert and fêted columnist
concocts a refreshing, aromatic recipe with uplifting sparkle
that plays to the bittersweet sophistication of Campari
W
hen I was
a student at
Cambridge,
I had a beastly
tutor who liked to flounce
around drinking Campari
sodas while he skewered our
translations of Flaubert. As
a result, I developed an
intense hatred for Campari
that lasted well into my
twenties. These days though,
I can’t get enough of it –
there’s something about that
medicinal, bittersweetness
that’s utterly addictive. So
I’m always looking for new
ways to get this carmine-red
liqueur into a drink.
This particular recipe is
a mash-up of several of my
favourite Italian aperitivi.
Part-spritz, part-sour, it’s
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perfect for sipping in the
garden on a long summer’s
evening. I’ve given the
quantities for one, but if
you’re more than two I’d
recommend making a jugful
– it goes down mighty easy.
I was going to say this
recipe is a great way of using
up leftover sparkling wine.
But who, in all honesty, finds
themselves troubled by
surplus sparkling wine on a
regular basis? Here I’ve used
rosé champagne, but any sort
of dry-ish sparkling wine (or
white fizz, or prosecco, for
that matter) will do. The first
time I made this recipe I
actually used the rosé
sparkling wine by Hampshire
winery Hattingley Valley.
I know it’s a faff, but
I would implore you to
squeeze the orange by hand
– you get a much softer,
sweeter flavour. And don’t
skip the basil sprig – it makes
the drink. Just give it a gentle
clap between your palms
before you put it into the
glass, to release the scent.
JA MI E L AU
Shake first three ingredients
with ice, strain over ice, top
with champagne and serve. Or
make a big jugful and just charge
well with ice to dilute it a little.





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