The Campanella – a Paloma Cocktail Variation Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

The Campanella is a delicious, Italian Paloma Cocktail Variation that is a little bitter and a little sweet – it’s the perfect cocktail to sip on this Cinco de Mayo and all throughout the summer.

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The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - old fashioned glass of orange cocktail, another in the background, garnished with half a grapefruit wheel  

Margaritas are great, there’s a very good reason that they’re so popular – it’s a simple and delicious formula that will always be a good choice. But, why not shake things up a little (literally), and swap out your margarita this Cinco de Mayo for an amazing tequila cocktail that is just as easy and delicious, but a little bit different.

 The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - two old fashioned glasses filled with orange cocktail, bottle of tequila is in the background on the right, a cut grapefruit and lime is in the background on the left

The Campanella is a variation on the classic Paloma cocktail – it combines reposado tequila with grapefruit juice, just like the classic, but the addition of the Italian Aperol adds the bold flavours of sweet orange balanced with a gentian bitterness. When you shake this up with some lime juice and a little honey – you are in Paloma cocktail heaven!

The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - an old fashioned glass filled with an orange cocktail, more cocktail is being poured into a glass in the background from a copper shaker 

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The classic Paloma cocktail is a Mexican favourite (Paloma being Spanish for “dove”), and is usually prepared using a grapefruit flavoured soda. However, much like most cocktails, I much prefer the Paloma cocktail prepared with fresh fruit juice and with just a splash of soda water to add the sparkle. The Campanella Paloma Cocktail Variation is no different!

 

The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - an old fashioned glass filled with orange cocktail liquid and glass is garnished with half a grapefruit wheel. There's a cut grapefruit in the background on the left, and a copper shaker in the background on the right 

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In this Italian Paloma Cocktail we muddle a grapefruit wheel to release the fresh juices, then shake with smooth reposado tequila, Aperol, fresh lime juice, and honey. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice, top up with a splash of soda water and garnish with a grapefruit wheel. It is so easy, and you can even swap out the honey for some agave nectar to make it a Paloma cocktail that vegans can enjoy too!

 

The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation - one old fashioned glass with orange cocktail, half a grapefruit wheel garnishes the glass. Another cocktail sits in the background on the left, a bottle of tequila is on the right in the back 

The gorgeous colour that combining Aperol and grapefruit juice gives this amazing Italian Paloma Cocktail just screams summer, especially along with the fresh, citrus flavours of grapefruit. Whether you are enjoy The Campanella instead of your usual Paloma Cocktail this Cinco de Mayo, or sipping all summer long, this is the perfect Paloma cocktail for everybody! Let’s get mixing!

The Campanella - a Paloma Cocktail Variation

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The Campanella is a delicious, Italian Paloma Cocktail Variation that is a little bitter and a little sweet – it’s the perfect cocktail to sip on this Cinco de Mayo and all throughout the summer

Ingredients

  •  1 grapefruit wheel
  • 3oz reposado tequila
  • 1oz lime juice (approx 1 small lime)
  • 1/2 oz honey (or agave)
  • 2oz aperol
  • 2oz soda water
  • 2 x half a grapefruit wheel, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill two old fashioned glasses with ice and set aside
  2. Put the grapefruit wheel in a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the juices
  3. Add the tequila, lime juice, honey, and aperol to the cocktail shaker, add 4 ice cubes, and shake vigorously for 15 seconds
  4. Strain between your two old fashioned glasses, and add a splash (approx 1oz) of soda water to each glass. 
  5. Garnish with half a grapefruit wheel and serve

Notes

Calories are an estimate generated by an app, so may not be entirely accurate.

Courses Cocktails

Cuisine Italian

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cocktail

Amount Per Serving

Calories 204

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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