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Red Nail

The Red Nail cocktail is simply vodka with Campari. People tend to either love or hate Campari, which can probably best be described as a very dark cherry flavor that’s bitter.

It’s bitter the way black coffee is bitter, or arugula is bitter. It’s a delicious sort of bitterness, but it’s not for everyone.

Still, in the case of this cocktail, the Campari is diluted by two things: vodka, which adds no real flavor of its own, and ice, which waters the whole drink down a little.

In fact, you’ll notice the recipe calls for you to let the drink sit for 7 minutes after pouring it. That’s to let the ice melt a little and both chill and dilute the drink.

Red Nail drinks on table

There’s no mixing with this drink. No shaking. You just pour the ingredients over ice and let them sit for a few minutes before serving.

It’s one of the simplest cocktails you could ever make, but you wouldn’t know that from tasting it. That makes it a great choice for serving to guests at parties.

Reddish cocktails against black background
Yield: 1 drink

Red Nail Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

The Red Nail is a classic drink recipe that's very simple (just two ingredients), but delicious. It's also gorgeous to look at.



    1. Put a few ice cubes in a cocktail glass.
    2. Add vodka and Campari to the glass.
    3. Ideally, let the drink sit for seven minutes before serving.

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