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Bamboo Cocktail, Swank Cocktail #11

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Bamboo Cocktail
Bamboo Cocktail

The Bamboo Cocktail is cocktail number 11 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Bamboo Cocktail history

Very similar to the Adonis, the Bamboo Cocktail is believed to have been created by Louis Eppinger, who owned and managed the Grand Hotel in Yokohama in the late 1800s.

In 1900, the Bamboo Cocktail recipe appeared in The World in New York City and, later in 1913, was published in Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks.

“Bamboo Cocktail,” newspaper article, The Evening World (New York, New York), 29 May 1900, p. 4, col. 2.
“Bamboo Cocktail,” newspaper article, The Evening World (New York, New York), 29 May 1900, p. 4, col. 2.
Jacques Straub, Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks (Chicago, Illinois : 1913), p. 0-, Cocktails, Bamboo Cocktail.
Jacques Straub, Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks (Chicago, Illinois : 1913), p. 10, Cocktails, Bamboo Cocktail.
“Louis Eppinger is Dead in Yokohama,” obituary, The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California), 17 June 1908, p. 2, col. 1.
“Louis Eppinger is Dead in Yokohama,” obituary, The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California), 17 June 1908, p. 2, col. 1.

Bamboo Cocktail recipe

Bamboo Cocktail recipe
Bamboo Cocktail recipe

1/2 Sherry, 1/2 Sweet Vermouth, 1 dash of Angostura Bitters. Stir well with ice and strain.

An interesting note, the early recipes (in history above) use orange bitters but the Swank version calls for Angostura Bitters. As previously stated, the drink is similar to the Adonis, which is composed of 2/3 Dry Sherry, 1/2 Sweet Vermouth, and 1 dash Orange Bitters.

Ingredients used:

  • Savory and James Fino Dry Sherry
  • Gallo Sweet Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters

Bamboo Cocktail review

Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale

Greg: 🍸🍸🍸
Kim: 🍸🍸🍸🍸

The Bamboo Cocktail is a light drink, similar to the Adonis, but doesn’t quite have the Tawny Port taste of the Adonis.

Next up… Cocktail #12, Basic Eggnog

Swank Cocktail Guide: 80 cocktails in 80 days

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