Review: Luxardo Bitter

Review: Luxardo Bitter

We’ve previously covered (and loved) Luxardo Bitter Bianco. This is the OG version, a Campari clone that’s red, not clear.

Big, herbal, and bitter as the name would suggest, the Padova, Italy-made Luxardo Bitter stands as a solid alternative to the 48 proof Campari any day of the week.

Ingredients aren’t disclosed, but the liqueur offers a big nose of bitter gentian, dark chocolate, and macerated berries, falling largely in line with Campari-esque expectations. Bracing but soothing on the tongue, the chocolate notes are what immediately stand out the strongest, tempering the liqueur’s boldly herbal elements with a light-handed sweetness, a fresh rhubarb character building as it detours into notes of orange peel, green thyme, and a touch of baking spice. All of this fades in time, the finish showcasing an impressively bitter body — all gentian and wormwood, leaving a punchy but pleasant grip to linger on the tongue.

Use freely as a Campari substitute.

50 proof.

A / $28 / 

Luxardo Bitter




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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