Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails


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Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails: a frozen cocktail recipe that’s perfect for those warm summer nights! Two layers of sweetness pack some serious punch. The first layer: a blended mixture of Campari, Rainier cherries, tart cherry juice, honey and ice lays the foundation for the perfect cocktail. A second layer of blended orange juice, premium vodka and ice brings the whole thing together. This is a summer cocktail to go crazy over!

Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails: a frozen cocktail recipe that's perfect for those warm summer nights! | www.cookingandbeer.com

So my obsession with cherry season and…

Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails: a frozen cocktail recipe that's perfect for those warm summer nights! | www.cookingandbeer.com

…slushy, fruity, summery drinks continues on. I know, right? This is totally unlike me to post so many fab fruity cocktails in a row, but I seriously CAN NOT get over them!

So to give some background on this recipe: Zach and I were just recently in Montreal. Besides speaking terrible French and driving across countries to get there, we had the most amazing time. I literally could move to this city. It was everything I dreamed of and more. Eating fabulous food, drinking AHHH-mazing beer, and buying enough maple products to satisfy a lifetime of maple flavored desserts pretty much sums up how the trip went.

The best part about this trip though was dining at Au Pied de Cochon: a restaurant who has a modern take on French comfort food that I seriously CAN NOT to this day get over. Fois gras anyone? This place had a whole separate list dedicated to fois gras. It was…the best day of my life. In addition to the copious amounts of fois gras on the menu, the cocktails were out of this world. This is where I got the inspiration for this Campari cocktail.

I love Campari. Campari doesn’t get nearly enough love in this country, but I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to change that! This recipe is what dreams are made of. I imagine heaven being full of slushy Campari drinks. I know, totally weird, but totally awesome…and I think you will find this to be true after you try out this recipe! Cheers friends! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails

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5 minPrep Time

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    For the "Pink" Layer
  • 1 1/2 cups Rainier cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup Campari
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups ice
  • For the "Orange" Layer
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 4 cups ice
  • Garnish: Rainier cherries


  1. To the pitcher of a high-powered blender, add the Rainier cherries, cherry juice, Campari, honey and ice. Blend until fully combined. Pour equally into 4 glasses and place in the freezer.
  2. Wipe the pitcher clean. To the pitcher, add the orange juice, vodka and ice. Blend until fully combined. Pour the orange layer on top of the pink layer.
  3. Serve immediately with Rainier cherries for garnish. Enjoy!

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47 thoughts on “Rainier Cherry and Orange Campari Cocktails

  • June 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I am absolutely loving this cocktail!! Cherries are popping up everywhere here, so I can actually get around to making this one (kind of reminds me of a Bellini at our Canadian restaurant called Milestones.)

  • June 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Gah!!! The Cherry and Hibiscus Margaritas and now this?!?! It looks like I need to buy some cherries for this weekend!

  • June 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

    This is the prettiest summer cocktail! Loving those layers!

  • June 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

    It’s warm here today and nothing sounds better than this!!

  • June 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    You need to come visit me so that you can teach me some photography tricks! :) Your pictures are so gorgeous, Justine! Not to mention that this looks SO delicious. I love that you used rainer cherries! I could totally go for this cocktail right about now. Pinned!

  • June 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Love cherries! I got some for a recipe I wanted to try yesterday and ended up eating them all! Need to get more today! This cocktail looks amazing! Beautiful pictures! Pinned!

  • June 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I am with you, you seriously can’t go wrong with the food selection in Montreal. Love these pretty layered cocktails too. The cherry and orange combo sound so refreshing and delicious!

  • June 17, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Ugh… Montreal is on my list of places to go! I hear it is gorgeous! Seriously jealous, but so glad ya’ll had a good time!

    Now.. this cocktails.. holy hannah are they are gorgeous! Seriously love the color and anything cherry.. yup I’m in!

  • June 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Oh no way. Rainier cherries are my favorite fruit EVERRRRRRR. The problem is that they aren’t always available which makes me very sad and then unless you are at the peak of season, they are a fortune. BUT the season is here so I’m so excited!

  • June 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    My wednesday just got a million times better after seeing this recipe. These pictures are seriously stunning Justine!!! And I love cherry anything, especially boozy. ;-) Pinning! Its not 5 o’clock yet but I want one!!

  • June 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    What a beautiful cocktail and a great way to use up leftover cherries! Can’t wait to try this one!

  • June 17, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I loooove rainier cherries! I just bought a whole ton of deep red cherries because the rainiers weren’t in season here, but when I get my hands on them, I know what I’ll be making!

  • June 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Oh my goodness…I cannot get enough of cherries right now! And slushies during the summer days are a necessity. So keep brining them! Now to make this a virgin…

  • June 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    This cocktail looks amazing and I am so craving one right now. I’ve actually never heard or used campari before either. Learned something new and now I need to try it. Yum! Pinned!

  • June 18, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Saw these on Foodgawker and thought “I need one of these now!” – should I mention it’s 7:30 in the morning?! Sounds like a perfect summer drink — it’s so hot in NC right now and I could use a cold, fruity adult beverage. Maybe I’ll wait until 5pm though… :)

  • June 18, 2015 at 9:29 am

    MMMMMM!! You always make the best looking cocktails!

  • June 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    You’re too kind to me, Gayle…and while I 100% don’t agree on the photography front, I’ll be right there anyway. xo

  • June 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I think I need to start making “virgin” versions, especially for my cute little pregnant friends. xo

  • June 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Hahaha. Ahhh, I have good friends that live in NC and I have heard the stories about how hot it has been lately! I feel for you!

  • June 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    These are so, so beautiful!!

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  • June 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    These slushies, look gorgeous, Justine!! Wish I lived closer to you so that I could drink one of these! Oh, by the way, I’m going to be in Denver + Fort Collins in August. Any vague chance that we can meet up?

  • June 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Justine, I am in love with your blog! I am so glad you found me so now I can follow you. My husband is a craft brewer and is serving to the general public for the first time next Saturday. You will be seeing more of me around here!

  • June 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    That is soooooo amazing! I bet he is seriously living the dream! Thank you so much for stopping by, Chandra!

  • June 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I can not begin to tell you how good these sound! Campari gets lots of love from me! I would love it if you would link these up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  • February 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    It’s the middle of winter here but I don’t care.. just stumbled on this on Pinterest and now I crave cherries. This cocktail is ahh-mazing!

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