The Sculaccione Cocktail

By Lee Jackson ↣ Published on: December 24, 2020

Last Updated: March 17th, 20240 Comments on The Sculaccione Cocktail

Ladies & Gents, The Sculaccione Cocktail! Cheers, Salud, Saluti! However you toast, you need a glass of this bitter, sweet and a little smoky cocktail in your hand as you celebrate this ‘spank’ of a drink.

The Sculaccione cocktail in an ornate glass

Bitter, sweet and a little smoky - this celebration of Italy & Mexico is a burst of everything. Personally, I could drink Campari from the bottle for breakfast (goals) so anything mixed with this Italian treasure has already piqued my interest.

The Sculaccione - translated as 'the spank' is a perfect hit of Campari, tequila, simple syrup and grapefruit juice. It gives a wonderful complex blend of bitter from the Campari, smoky and boozy from the tequila and a little sweet and tart from the simply syrup and grapefruit.

I experienced a similar version of this in Nancy Silverton's fancy LA restaurant, Osteria Mozza a few years back and was hooked.

I had to recreate the magic at home did a sterling job I think - as far as I remember it's a very close match to the original, but nevertheless, a super tasty concoction that's on my cocktail rotation at home. See below for the full home-spun cocktail favourites.

The Sculaccione cocktail in an ornate glass with a blue stirrer.

Stuff You'll Need

Here's the booze you'll need to get hold of for the Sculaccione cocktail.

  • Campari - Italy's (and dfare I say the World's) favourite amero bitter.
  • Tequila - for a boozy and lightly smoky aroma. You can amp up the smokiness and substitute with Mezcal too if you like.
  • Simple Syrup - takes a little of the edge off the tequila
  • Grapefruit juice - freshly squeezed brings a sweet, tart sourness to the mix.
  • Ice - this cocktail is best served over ice.

Then, all you need to do is shake everything together and pour into a highball, or tall glass over plenty of ice and enjoy!

Ready to get shaking?

I love the Sculaccione as it really hits my favourite flavours of bitter, sweet and sour - a real winner of a cocktail as it's a longer one too. I'm a bit of a guzzler, so a longer drink always goes down well as I wont just slurp it up in a couple of goes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! Cheers!

More cocktails please!

If you enjoyed the Sculaccione, I'm sure you'll love my other favourite cocktails.

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The Sculaccione cocktail in an ornate glass

The Sculaccione Cocktail

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Recipe by Lee
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 1
Calories (per serving) | 232



  • Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice Shake shake shake.
  • Pour into high ball glass packed with ice. Drink!


Calories: 232kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 23g (8%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 1g (2%) | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 79mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 15g (17%) | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 11mg (13%) | Calcium: 5mg (1%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)
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