Bamboo Cocktail

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The Bamboo cocktail is a classic and intriguing drink that has been captivating the taste buds of cocktail enthusiasts for well over a century. This unique cocktail, which boasts a delicate balance of flavors and a rich history, is a testament to the artistry and creativity of mixologists throughout the ages.

It is widely believed that this cocktail was created in the 1890s in Japan, by a German bartender Louis Eppinger of the Grand Hotel in Yokohama. The name “Bamboo” is said to have been inspired by the use of bamboo sticks as garnishes for the drink, reflecting the Japanese influence on its creation.

One of the Bamboo cocktail’s most distinguishing features is its simplicity, as it typically consists of two primary ingredients: dry sherry and dry vermouth, with a couple of dashes of bitters. These ingredients may seem unrelated, but when combined in the right proportions, they produce a cocktail that is both elegant and complex. The fino sherry brings a nutty and slightly sweet character to the drink, while the dry vermouth contributes herbal and aromatic notes. The exact proportions can vary to suit individual preferences, with the classic recipe calling for equal parts of sherry and vermouth, while others recommend a 2:1 ratio of sherry to vermouth. This adaptability allows for a range of flavor profiles within the Bamboo cocktail, making it a versatile choice for those seeking a refined and customizable drink.

The cultural significance of the Bamboo cocktail cannot be overstated. It stands as a symbol of the interplay between Western and Eastern influences in the world of mixology. Its creation in Japan by a foreign bartender exemplifies the cross-cultural exchange that has enriched the world of cocktails, as well as the adaptability of bartenders to local ingredients and tastes.

Bamboo Cocktail Recipe

  1. 45 ml fino sherry

  2. 45 ml dry vermouth

  3. 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  4. 2 dashes of orange bitters

  5. 10 ml simple syrup (optional)

  6. Ice

  7. Garnish: lemon or orange twist

bamboo cocktail recipe

How to Make a Bamboo Cocktail

  1. Add the dry vermouth, fino sherry, Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and simple syrup, to a mixing glass.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist.