The Garibaldi cocktail is a simple summer long drink that could easily pass for a non-alcoholic one by the looks of it. Once you have a taste of it, you do notice the orange aperitif, but it’s quite subtle. This one is definitely a poolside drink.
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What is Garibaldi cocktail?
The Garibaldi cocktail could be considered an Italian riff on the Screwdriver (vodka and orange juice), except this time it’s orange aperitif. The alcohol is usually Campari, and the orange juice is always fresh and fine-strained to remove any pulp. It’s an orange-on-orange drink that’s easy to make and definitely a great option for a punch.
- 1.5 oz orange aperitif
- 4.5 oz orange juice
- orange for garnish
- In a shaker add orange aperitif, orange juice, and ice. Shake well.
- Strain into ice-filled hurricane glass.
- Garnish with orange wheel.
- I used Aperbitter orange aperitif, which is classed as a sweet orange aperitif. If you're using Campari, expect more bitterness and a more intense color.
When is this drink best ?
I think the Garibaldi works great at any point really, it could be brunch, office party, lounging by the pool, a wedding, any setting you can think of. It’s a fairly relaxed drink, as are most highballs. You can drink this without thinking too much about it, as opposed to a more complex cocktail. It’s also a good introduction for those who want to try Campari.
My thoughts on the Garibaldi cocktail
I swapped Campari for Aperbitter, which is a sweet orange aperitif. The bitterness in Campari is just too much for me, and I think we can all tweak a recipe to fit our tastes. So this version of Garibaldi is more to my tastes, but you can try it with Campari instead.
As far as orange-based long drinks go, the Garibaldi could be seen as a bit simple. Of course, fresh orange juice elevated the whole thing, and it’s just as important here as it is in a mimosa.
I’m also not big on pairing the same ingredient in a drink(orange-orange in this case). I think a little contrast would be nicer, like a touch of another fruit either in the mixer or the alcohol. Raspberries, strawberries, grapefruit, pineapple, or something similar would work well in this.
So in short: I liked it, it could be better with a secondary flavor, but it’s an overall easy to make and easy to drink cocktail.
If you like Garibaldi, you might also like…
Garibaldi Spritz – The Garibaldi, but tweaked a little and with sparkling wine.
Mimosa – the classic brunch drink.
Screwdriver – vodka orange, we all know it.
Notes, substitutes, and tips
Since you’re using fruit, you need to aerate this in some day. It could be an immersion blender, a bullet blender, or even just shaking this really well before pouring. Getting a bit of air into that orange juice helps it not fall flat.
This is a highball, so you could use any big, tall glass you like. I used a hurricane, but anything that fits will work.