After a long holiday season of food and drink today we offer you a cocktail that is lighter in nature, lower in alcohol and perfect for when you want a drink but need to keep your wits about you. The Bamboo cocktail is a classic created in the 1890s by Louis Eppinger at the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. It is a martini of sorts but omits strong spirit. Cocktail historian David Wondrich summed up the drink perfectly saying, “The Bamboo looks like a cocktail, tastes like a cocktail, and punches like a six-year-old.” So if you are looking to moderate after the holiday season but not looking to abstain, the Bamboo cocktail is a perfect, low alcohol option that tastes great without the full ABV strength of traditional cocktails. Cheers!
The Bamboo Cocktail
In a shaker glass filled with cracked ice add:
- 1 ½ Ounces Dry Sherry (We used Lustau’s Fino Jarana)
- 1 ½ Ounces Dry Vermouth
- 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
- 1 Dash Orange Bitters
Stir to chill, and then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.