Campari vs Aperol

Campari vs. Aperol: What’s the difference? These operatives are very popular.

Campari vs Aperol – What’s the difference? Both are Italian bitters, also known as aperitivos liquors, served before a meal. Both have beautiful bright colours and are made by the same Italian company (Gruppo Campari). What’s the difference between these two spirits? These popular spirits are very different. Here’s how to tell the difference!

Campari vs Aperol – What’s the difference?

Aperol and Campari are bitter Italian liquors that have many key differences. Here’s how it works:

Campari Overview

  • Origin Campari was created in Italy by Gaspare Campari, Novare, Italy, in 1860. It’s a classic ingredient in cocktails such as the Negroni due to its long history.
  • Colour: Campari’s colour is bright red. Fun fact: Campari’s bright red colour results from a dye made from crushed insects. This is no longer part of the modern recipe, so don’t be discouraged from buying a bottle.
  • Flavour Campari is very bitter with sweet notes such as cherry, clove and cinnamon.
  • Alcohol contentCampari has 48 proof, or 24 per cent ABV. This is almost twice the amount of Aperol.

Aperol Overview

  • Origin Aperol also came from Italy but was invented much later, in 1919. This aperitif was created by brothers Silvio and Luigi Barbieri in Padua (Italy). Gruppo Campari is the company that sells Campari. It bought Aperol during the 1990s.
  • Colour: Aperol, a bright orange colour that is very different from Campari, is the Colour.
  • Flavour Aperol’s flavour is sweeter than Campari and has notes of citrus and herbs.
  • Alcohol content petrol is lower than Campari, with a 22 proof alcohol level or 11 per cent ABV.

Popular Campari Cocktails

  • Americano This is the oldest Campari cocktail. It was created in a Caffe Campari bar in Milan, Italy, in the 1860s.
  • Classic Negroni This Campari cocktail is perhaps the most well-known. It was created in 1920 by Count Negroni of Florence, Italy.
  • Boulevardier The 1920’s most famous cocktail is the Boulevardier. It uses gin instead of whiskey and is called the Negroni.
  • Old Pal A 1920s classic, the Old Pal is a cocktail that swaps sweet vermouth with dry vermouth.
  • Negroni Sbagliato This modern twist on the 1980’s Milanese classic, the Sbagliato substitutes gin with bubbly Prosecco.
  • Jungle Bird This tropical cocktail features rum, pineapple juice and Campari.

Popular Aperol Cocktails

  • Aperol Spritz This is the most loved Aperol cocktail. The spritz was first created in 1950 and has been a popular cocktail.
  • Paper Plane A classic cocktail created in 2007, this modern classic cocktail features a unique blend of Aperol & Bourbon.
  • Famous This classic modern balances bitter, sweet, citrus, bitter, and smoky.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) Aperol, chilled
  • 3 ounces 6 teaspoons Prosecco or another sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) soda water
  • Clear ice
  • Orange wedge or straw for garnish


  1. Stir the Aperol into a glass with ice. Add the sparkling wine and soda water.
  2. Mix the orange wedge with the water and gently stir. To reduce dilution, serve with a straw!


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