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Watch: 'Japan's Greatest Bartender' Makes His Campari From Scratch

Skip the store-bought stuff and make it at home

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Perhaps artisanal, housemade Campari is the next big trend in the modern cocktail movement. Sure, the drinks will be ultra-expensive and take forever to make, but today's booze aficionados will be happy to spend their money and time to be on the bleeding edge of beverage culture. In Japan, celebrated bartender Hiroyasu Kayama appears to be leading the way. He shows off his do-it-yourself Campari skills in this video.

Kayama plies his trade at Ben Fiddich in Tokyo, a watering hole that boasts a five-star rating on Trip Advisor and, according to Punch, "combines the serene spectacle of the city's old guard with the cerebral ingredient-driven nature of newer cocktail bars." How does Kayama make his own Campari? It isn't a simple recipe. Per the video's description:

  • Vodka
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Tonic water
  • Angelica root
  • Calamus root
  • Swertia japonica
  • Cardamon
  • Liquorice powder
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Clove
  • Caraway
  • Orange peel
  • Coriander seed

If that doesn't sound like too much of an undertaking, watch the above video and learn how to impress even the snobbiest of your imbibing friends.

Fresh Campari Cocktail | Japan's Greatest Bartender - Hiroyasu Kayama [YouTube]

Ben Fiddich [Punch]

Ben Fiddich [Trip Advisor]

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