Christmas Campari Sour Cocktail Recipe

The Christmas Campari Sour is a cocktail is a festive play on the traditional Campari Sour for the holidays. Bright, silky, and refreshing, this is a lower alcohol apéritif that will make you want to carol with joy.

Christmas campari sour cocktail recipe

To make this cocktail more fit for the holiday season, I omitted the traditional use of grapefruit juice for lemon juice and a few dashes of Cranberry Bitters. The sharp citrus and bitter cranberry flavors are rounded out beautifully by the rosemary-infused honey syrup and egg white. Campari sour cocktails usually include a splash of gin, so if you’d like to make this beverage slightly more alcoholic, try adding an ounce of London dry gin.

What Makes a Sour Cocktail?

A cocktail can be classified as a sour if it has three main elements: a base liquor, freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice (the sour), and a sweetener. Occasionally, a sour will include an egg white to smooth is out or a splash of club soda to lighten the drink. There can be additions to this three-tiered structure, but a cocktail generally has to have all three main elements to be considered a proper sour.

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Christmas campari sour cocktail recipe

Christmas Campari Sour

Michael Kahn
Featuring cranberry bitters and a rosemary syrup, the Christmas Campari Sour is a festive holiday version of the the standard Campari Sour. Bright and refreshing, this is a lower alcohol apéritif.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 760 kcal


  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 1/2 oz Honey Syrup
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 3 dashes Cranberry Bitters

Honey Syrup

  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Honey


Honey Syrup

  • Add the leaves from one of the rosemary sprigs, water, and honey into a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until the mixture begins to simmer then remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool then strain into a storage container. When kept refrigerated, the syrup will last several weeks.

Christmas Campari Sour

  • Add the Campari, honey syrup, lemon juice, and egg white to a shaker tin and dry-shake vigorously without ice for 15 seconds.
  • Add ice and shake again until the tins feel well chilled.
  • Double strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Add several dashes of cranberry bitters on top of the cocktail and use a toothpick to create lines.
  • Garnish with the fresh rosemary sprig and serve.


If you don’t have cranberry bitters, you can substitute with a lemon peel. Squeeze the peel over the cocktail to mask the egg smell, which can be off-putting for some people.


Calories: 760kcalCarbohydrates: 187gProtein: 4gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 65mgPotassium: 205mgFiber: 1gSugar: 176gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Campari, egg white, Honey, Lemon juice, rosemary
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