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Red, White and Blue Cocktails

Pledge allegiance to the sip with drinks that balance bitter and sweet, appealing to anyone regardless of political affiliation. These recipes use Campari and blood orange to create a layer of red, topped with egg-white foam and blueberry. Someone cue the national anthem.

Holiday-themed cocktails, like this one tailor-made for hailing the chief, are simply another excuse to tip your hat (and your shaker) to the mixology trend. These two red, white and blue recipes aren’t so much patriotic as they are a refreshing way to make the polarizing Campari taste play nice with other spirits — think DC power brokers sans the suits. The drinks below temper the liqueur’s bitter side with sweet vermouth, round out the flavor profile with the juice of a blood orange, and use egg white to add richness and texture. Alternatively, you can just toss your Campari on ice and call it a President’s Day.

There's actually no apple in this cocktail — it was just a cool American as apple pie reference. If you want to pair Campari and apple for a twist, try 2 parts rye, 1/2 brandy, 1/2 Calvados and a sugar cube dashed with Campari.

All the President’s Gin

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part Campari
  • 3/4 to 1 part sweet vermouth (depending on how bitter you like it)
  • Juice from 1/2 blood orange
  • 1 egg white
  • Frozen blueberries to garnish
  1. Shake massively over ice (until your arm hurts and you see foam), strain into a martini glass. You can also sub in Grand Marnier or Cointreau for sweet vermouth for a different twist.

Rum for President

  • 1 1/2 parts rum
  • 1 part Campari
  • 3/4 part sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 blood orange
  • 1 egg white
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  1. Shake massively over ice (until your arm hurts and you see foam), strain into a martini glass. If you like a sweeter cocktail, top the foam with a trickle of blueberry syrup to garnish or dash your bitters onto a sugar cube and drop into the drink.