Cold In The Shadows Cocktail

Campari's Cold in the Shadows Cocktail Recipe by Pamela Wiznitzer


Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
479 Calories
0g Fat
108g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 479
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 108g 39%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 70g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 58mg 292%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 228mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Campari and beer? It may seem like an odd combination, but as Pamela Wiznitzer of Seamstress in New York City has proven that it can work. Her cold in the shadows cocktail is a fantastic mix and a nice change from the typical Campari cocktail.

The recipe pairs the bitter aperitif with fresh lime and a little honey syrup, along with the delectable raspberry liqueur from St. George Spirits. After shaking all of that just a few times, a great California craft beer is added and the mix is served over crushed ice.

This cocktail is a nice way to get your beer and aperitif in a single glass, so it's a great choice for dinner. You can share this fun drink at casual dinners—it's especially fitting for those that involve a grill.


  • 1 ounce Campari

  • 1/2 ounce raspberry liqueur

  • 1 ounce lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup

  • 1 1/2 ounces IPA beer

  • Orange slice, for garnish

  • Lime slice, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the Campari, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, and honey syrup.

  3. Whip shake (shake just a few times) and add the beer to the tin.

  4. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Strain the drink into the glass.

  5. Garnish with slices of orange and lime and add a straw. Serve and enjoy.


  • Honey syrup is essentially watered-down honey; the thinner sweetener blends more easily into cold drinks. To make it, stir equal parts of honey to water (however much you need) until you get an even consistency.
  • Follow the recommended method for mixing this drink because it really does work out well. Adding the effervescent beer after the whip shake will finish mixing the drink for you.
  • Fresh lime juice is highly recommended. The average lime will yield about 1 ounce, so you can squeeze it directly into the shaker. Maximize the juice by letting the fruit warm up to room temperature and rolling it under your palm with gentle pressure.
  • Anderson Valley IPA is the recommended beer for this drink, but feel free to pour your favorite IPA. That style of beer pairs well with Campari—others may not, though they're worth trying.
  • If, after the first few sips, you find the drink could use a little more beer, add it. The 1 1/2 ounces is one-eighth of a bottle, so you'll have plenty left over to pour extra as needed.

How Strong Is a Cold in the Shadows?

Sometimes, mixed drinks can seem like they're really strong, especially when you're combining three different alcoholic beverages into one drink. This is one of those deceptive recipes and it's probably lighter than you think. When made with the recommended brands, it will shake up to 10 percent ABV (20 proof). That places it right in the middle of beer and wine, only this cocktail promises to have a lot more flavor than either.