The Story Behind The Garibaldi

The Garibaldi, a classic Italian tipple, is named after 19th-century revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi. As the story goes, the drink’s notable red-orange color honors the red shirts worn by his followers in their fight for liberation.

But the symbolic meaning of the cocktail goes much further than that. The two ingredients it is composed of, Campari and orange juice, are also both native to Italian culture and cuisine.

The cocktail witnessed a revival back in 2015 after Naren Young, a bartender at NYC’s famed Dante, played around with the apertivo’s flavor profiles and created a version that ended up on the bar’s menu.

Despite the cocktail’s simplicity, the best results come from freshly squeezed OJ, as the frothiness helps to balance the bitterness of the Campari. Top it off with an orange wedge, and enjoy the flavors of Italy from the comfort of home.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • Garnish: orange wedge


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add the Campari and orange juice and stir gently to combine.
  3. Garnish with orange wedge placed on top of glass (not in or on the rim).

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Yield: 1
Calories: 106
Updated: 2022-06-01

The Garibaldi Recipe