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This simple and sophisticated Campari Prosecco cocktail could not be more straightforward. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Cin cin!

a campari prosecco cocktail (Mom's Italian soda) in a coupe glass with prosecco and campari bottles and a jigger in the background
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Why we love this recipe

A quick spin around the Umami Girl cocktails archives indicates my level of devotion to both sparkling drinks and those with gently bitter flavors. This Campari Prosecco cocktail ticks both of those boxes and exactly zero others — in the best possible way.

Mom’s Italian soda is:

  • The quickest, easiest pour
  • Vibrant and festive
  • Easy to customize
  • Surprisingly complex and balanced

I first published this recipe here back in 2016. I’ve since updated the post for clarity, but the recipe remains the same.

What you’ll need

Here’s a glance at the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe. It’s not much!

a bottle of campari and a bottle of prosecco
  • There’s nothing more straightforward than buying a ruby-red bottle of Campari. This Italian bittersweet aperitif has a smooth yet complex flavor profile, with notes of rhubarb, clove, orange, cinnamon, and cherry. It’s bitter and herbal and a little astringent and just so good.
  • You’ll top things off with Prosecco or another good, dry sparkling wine. Truth be told, I typically use our favorite Chandon Brut, which is from California and shares a lot of the characteristics of a good midprice Champagne. The Prosecco pictured here is ubiquitous in the U.S. these days and pairs nicely with Campari. You can use any sparkling wine that you enjoy drinking.
  • This drink is so straightforward that it doesn’t even include a garnish. If you’d like to use one, I’d recommend an orange twist, which complements Campari beautifully.

How to make it

Here’s an overview of what you’ll do to make a Mom’s Italian Soda. You can see the steps in action in the video that accompanies this post, and get all the details in the recipe card below.

step by step
  1. Start with a champagne flute or coupe glass.
  2. Add the Campari.
  3. Top with Prosecco.
  4. Serve right away. That’s it!
Mom's Italian Soda- A Campari and Prosecco Cocktail- 780 | Umami Girl

Expert tips and FAQs

Got any variations?

Sure thing. You could swap in Aperol or any other red bitter aperitif for the Campari. And, if you like, make it a spritz by adding a splash of soda water and a garnish.

Can I batch this cocktail for a party?

I usually try to say yes to this question, but here there’s absolutely no need, and that’s a good thing. Simply set out the bottles and have guests pour their own, or pour for them just before serving.

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4.58 from 42 votes

Campari Prosecco Cocktail (Mom’s Italian Soda)

By Carolyn Gratzer Cope
This vibrant Campari and Prosecco cocktail is simple and sophisticated, and it couldn't be easier to make. Try it for New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, or any occasion.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 1/2 to 1 ounce 15 to (30 ml) Campari, to taste
  • 5 ounces (150 ml) good dry Prosecco or other sparkling wine

Instructions 

  • Pour the Campari into a champagne glass.
  • Top with prosecco.
  • Serve right away.

Notes

  1. There's nothing more straightforward than buying a ruby-red bottle of Campari. This Italian bittersweet aperitif has a smooth yet complex flavor profile, with notes of rhubarb, clove, orange, cinnamon, and cherry. It's bitter and herbal and a little astringent and just so good.
  2. You'll top things off with Prosecco or another good, dry sparkling wine. Truth be told, I typically use our favorite Chandon Brut, which is from California and shares a lot of the characteristics of a good midprice Champagne. The Prosecco pictured here is ubiquitous in the U.S. these days and pairs nicely with Campari. You can use any sparkling wine that you enjoy drinking.
  3. This drink is so straightforward that it doesn't even include a garnish. If you'd like to use one, I'd recommend an orange twist, which complements Campari beautifully.
  4. I usually try to include batching instructions to help you make cocktails in a pitcher for a party, but here there's absolutely no need, and that's a good thing. Simply set out the bottles and have guests pour their own, or pour for them just before serving.
  5. Variations: You could swap in Aperol or any other red bitter aperitif for the Campari. And, if you like, make it a spritz by adding a splash of soda water and a garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Italian
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Hi there, I'm Carolyn Gratzer Cope, founder and publisher of Umami Girl. Join me in savoring life, one recipe at a time. I'm a professional recipe developer with training from the French Culinary Institute (now ICE) and a lifetime of studying, appreciating, and sharing food.

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