At brunch recently, an Italian friend of mine cancelled my normal brunch drink and ordered me a Bicicletta instead. "Trust me," he said, laying on the Italian accent of course, "you'll love it." And he was right. Bitter, sweet, effervescent and not too strong, this vibrantly colored cocktail is a must for brunch or a summer picnic when you wanna mix it up. Get the supersimple 3-ingredient plus garnish recipe below.

The Bicicletta supposedly gets its name from the old Italian men who would wobble and swerve on their "biciclettas" (Italian for "bicycles") on their way home after having a few too many to drink. Personally, I think it's best made with a dry Italian white wine, such as pinot grigio, as it balances the bitter components of savory Campari. Play around with the amount of club soda you add too. The goal is to add enough club soda to make the drink light and sparkling, but not so much that you dilute the drink and it's bright red color.

Please forgive the bluriness of the photo, perhaps I had one too many biciclettas at that point.


Makes 1 drink

2 ounces Campari, an Italian liqueur
2 ounces white wine, preferably Italian
club soda
lemon slice

  • Combine Campari, white wine and club soda.
  • Gently stir to mix--you don't want to deflate the carbonation.
  • Garnish with lemon slice and enjoy.

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