Bitter Elder

Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Campari, Lemon juice
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail
Delicious and only slightly bitter.
Cocktail resulted from a refinement of an unnamed cocktail using Aperol on Cocktail Chronicles. An anonymous commenter "amateurhour" created the cocktail. A similar comment a month later on confirms the recipe.
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Created byAmateurHour, commenter on Oh and Cocktail Chronicales
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Dan on 06/06/2010
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Made this with half Cynar/half Luxardo Bitter in place of the Campari.
Holy crap was that good.

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For the bitter lover, the Bitter Elder works brilliantly using the inverted amaro template:
2 oz Campari
1 oz gin (ideally overproof & high juniper)
1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur
3/4 oz lemon (or lime)

Delicious. Tried with half Campari, half Aperol per the suggestion below and it's quite good. Lovely pink color and just slightly bitter. Very appealing.

I have finally found something nice with Campari in! Really like this drink and the flavour pairing in it. Delightful!

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Glad you like this. It is a favorite of mine for when I have a bottle of St Germaine open. You might also try a touch of Campari added to a Pegu Club. This was a drink that got my wife to like Campari.

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I really agree w/ the rest of the commentators here: 50/50 on the campari & aperol. Awesome drink! So do we call that substitution a Bitter Elder #2?

Made it with cynar substituting for the campari and got a seriously good drink. I used Berkeley Square as the gin, which is quite herbal, so between that and the cynar this probably ended up significantly more herbal than the original recipe intends but it worked really well.

My friend Hugh summed it up, "This is everything a Cosmopolitan wants to be and everything it isn't."

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I like it with half aperol, half campari; with this change it is 5/5 stars for me

From other users

Pink. Slightly bitter. Appealing and delicious. (4 stars)
Good God, that's good! (5 stars)
Grapefruit juice, but not. (5 stars)
Subbed Cynar as I was out of Campari. Delicious and the grapefruit flavor on the finish is uncanny and excellent. (4 stars)
EGullet calls for .5 campari rather than .75 (5 stars)
Absolutely delicious. Made with Tanqueray. More Campari isn't bad -- 3/4 oz (5 stars)

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