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Campari Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

It should be noted that I have a big love for Italian bitters like Campari and especially in this Campari Watermelon Cocktail Recipe.

I started at it when I lived in Italy. I’d order my grandfather’s favorite summertime drink, a Campari and Soda and my Italian friends joked that I must be an old man at heart because of my incessant love for Campari.

Seeing as so much has changed in Italy since I lived there, I wanted to make a cocktail that was a bit of a change as well. It’s those bold flavors my grandfather loved but reincarnated as this bittersweet Campari Watermelon Cooler. It has watermelon and Chambord for sweetness and a pinch of salt to help tame the bitterness just so. It’’s a cooler that’s made for sipping and snacking. No matter where in the world you find yourself, mix up this Campari Watermelon Cooler, and enjoy your own aperitivo because a true happy hour is not in the geography but in the spirit!

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Drinks with snacks on a platter

Campari Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

The perfect summertime drink just might be this Campari Watermelon Cocktail Recipe. Made with Chambord liqueur, Campari, and watermelon juice, it has a not-too-sweet flavor and is seriously refreshing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 drinks
Calories 249 kcal


  • 6 cups roughly chopped watermelon (from about a 5 pound piece)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 ounces Campari
  • 3 ounces chambord liqueur
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 12 ounces chilled club soda
  • ice


  • Make The Watermelon Juice: Blend all the watermelon in a food processor or blender until extremely smooth, about 2 minutes. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh seive and skim off and discard any foam (you should have about 3 cups of juice).
  • Make The Cooler: In a large pitcher, combine the juices, salt, Chambord, and Campari, and stir to combine. When ready to serve, add the club soda then pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.



Serving: 1drinkCalories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 272mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 1301IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword summer cocktail, watermelon juice
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