Bamboo Cocktail

By Robert Hess

There are several accounts of the origins of the Bamboo Cocktail. One claims the name comes from Bob Cole's 1902 hit song "Under the Bamboo Tree". William Boothby, a noted bartender of the day, says in his 1908 book "The World's Drinks" that the drink was created and named by Louis Eppinger, at the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. Either way, this is a cocktail that contains no base spirit that we think you will enjoy.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth

1 1/2 ounces dry sherry

1 dash Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

1 dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Instructions

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with an orange twist.

Comments
Alex Staherski 30 Aug 2013
12:50 pm

Assuming those are the Cocktail Kingdom jiggers, I’m very curious about why you don’t use the 1 1/2oz line on the large one. You always seem to measure it in 2 separate jiggers instead. I always use that line, and I’m wondering if there’s a reason I shouldn’t be.

Robert Hess 30 Aug 2013
2:39 pm

Alex,
Yes, those are the Cocktail Kingdom jiggers I’m using, I think they are great. They’ve got a good feel to them and look snappy to boot! :->... I’m not a big fan of using the scored lines on the insides of jiggers. It takes a little longer, I think it is less accurate, and when the light isn’t quite right they are hard to see. I like the OXO mini angled jiggers, but only the acrylic ones, not the steel ones, for much of the same reasons. The acrylic ones are a lot easier to see, and thus use, then the steel ones, but even then I recommend the OXOs only for home use, and not for use in bars (except to stand in when you don’t have a jigger of the size you are needing).

My preference for jiggers is to have a 2oz-1oz as well as a 3/4oz-1/2oz. These are the measures that Audrey (my wife) introduced me to as a great way to be able to get (almost) all of the measures you really typically need. The 2-1 is often easy to find, but the 3/4-1/2 for whatever reason seems very hard to find, so I was glad to see that Cocktail Kingdom came out with their set using that format.

-Robert

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