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John created this drink to go with Rach's Italian Sausages with Sweet and Sour Peppers and Onions (Agrodolce) for our G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) episode. "I think it's a little agrodolce also," he says. "I call it Roman Holiday. It's sort of like a negroni, but not. It's vodka instead of gin; Campari, which is bitter; a little bit of simple syrup; and grapefruit juice, so it's got that sort of tangy, sweet, bitter flavor going on." Not only is it delicious, it's a gorgeous shade of pink! 

For another recipe from our G.O.A.T. episode, check out Jacques Pepin's Chicken Ballotine Stuffed with Sausage


  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Campari 
  • ½ ounce simple syrup*
  • 1 ½ ounces grapefruit juice
  • Dash of grapefruit, rosemary and peppercorn bitters, optional
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, for garnish


Serves: 2


*For the simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, then let cool to room temperature. Syrup will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes about 1 ½ cups.  

Add the vodka, Campari, simple syrup, grapefruit juice and bitters (if using) to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into two ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with club soda and garnish with rosemary sprigs.

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