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 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.
- Savory and James Fino Dry Sherry
- Gallo Sweet Vermouth
- Angostura Bitters
Bamboo Cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸) Rating scale
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