Bamboo Cocktail Drink

Bamboo

If you’re seeking a unique twist on your usual aperitivo Cocktail, this Bamboo cocktail recipe is exactly what you’re looking for! It’s a delightful drink, dry yet not too strong, and incredibly simple to make.

Bamboo Cocktail Recipe

This Bamboo recipe is perfect for every sherry lover or for anyone willing to take a peek into the fascinating world of this Spanish wine. The simple combination of Fino and Manzanilla sherry, dry vermouth, and orange bitters perfectly balances and brings the best out of those ingredients.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

120 kl

Ingredients

  • oz dry Vermouth
  • ¾ oz Fino Sherry
  • ¾ oz Manzanilla Sherry
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters, optional
  • Orange twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Fill your cocktail glass with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Bitters: Take your cocktail shaker. In the bigger tin, pour 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters (optional: you can add 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters as well).
  • Add Vermouth: Add 1½ oz dry Vermouth into the shaker.
  • Add Sherry: Pour ¾ oz Fino Sherry and ¾ oz Manzanilla Sherry into the shaker as well.
  • Add Ice and Throw: Make sure all the liquid is in the bigger tin of the shaker. Then, fill this bigger tin with ice cubes. Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin into the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times).
  • Strain: Discard the ice from the cocktail glass. Then, strain the mixture into your chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Finish off with a twist of orange for garnish. You can either place it on the rim of the glass or directly inside the drink.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Fino and Manzanilla Sherry: if you’re missing one of these two bottles, don’t worry: instead of a blend, you can use 1.5 oz of only Fino or 1.5 of only Manzanilla. Alternatively, Amontillado sherry can also be used,but it should be noted that it will give the Cocktail a different, richer flavor profile.
  • Dry Vermouth: You can substitute dry vermouth with extra-dry vermouth or white vermouth if needed. It won't be exactly the same, but it will do in a pinch.
  • Orange Bitters: If you're out of orange bitters, try using only Angostura bitters instead. It will change the flavor profile slightly but still works great in this Cocktail.

Making a Pitcher of Bamboo Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of dry sherry, 12 oz of dry vermouth, and 16 dashes of orange bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dry sherry, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. Add ice and stir well. Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled cocktail glasses, and garnish with an orange zest. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep them in the fridge as both sherry and vermouth are prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dry Sherry Substitute: Use a dry non-alcoholic gin with a splash of grape juice as a substitute.
  • Dry Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores.
  • Orange Bitters Substitute: To get the citrusy touch brought by the Orange bitter, you can slightly muddle an orange zest into the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also, note that 2 dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Prepare the drink: Combine the ingredients as follows: 1,5 oz of non-alcoholic gin, 1 oz of non-alcoholic vermouth, 0,5 oz of white grape juice and 2 dashes of orange bitters (or muddle an orange zest into the shaker before pouring the ingredients). Proceed as usual with a “throw”, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange zest.

Making it Vegan:

The Bamboo cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
120
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
71
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Bamboo Cocktail Drink

Bamboo Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Bamboo recipe is perfect for every sherry lover or for anyone willing to take a peek into the fascinating world of this Spanish wine. The simple combination of Fino and Manzanilla sherry, dry vermouth, and orange bitters perfectly balances and brings the best out of those ingredients.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 120

Ingredients
 

  • oz dry Vermouth
  • ¾ oz Fino Sherry
  • ¾ oz Manzanilla Sherry
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters - optional
  • Orange twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Fill your cocktail glass with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Bitters: Take your cocktail shaker. In the bigger tin, pour 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters (optional: you can add 1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters as well).
  • Add Vermouth: Add 1½ oz dry Vermouth into the shaker.
  • Add Sherry: Pour ¾ oz Fino Sherry and ¾ oz Manzanilla Sherry into the shaker as well.
  • Add Ice and Throw: Make sure all the liquid is in the bigger tin of the shaker. Then, fill this bigger tin with ice cubes. Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin into the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times).
  • Strain: Discard the ice from the cocktail glass. Then, strain the mixture into your chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Finish off with a twist of orange for garnish. You can either place it on the rim of the glass or directly inside the drink.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Fino and Manzanilla Sherry: if you’re missing one of these two bottles, don’t worry: instead of a blend, you can use 1.5 oz of only Fino or 1.5 of only Manzanilla. Alternatively, Amontillado sherry can also be used,but it should be noted that it will give the Cocktail a different, richer flavor profile.
  • Dry Vermouth: You can substitute dry vermouth with extra-dry vermouth or white vermouth if needed. It won't be exactly the same, but it will do in a pinch.
  • Orange Bitters: If you're out of orange bitters, try using only Angostura bitters instead. It will change the flavor profile slightly but still works great in this Cocktail.

Making a Pitcher of Bamboo Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of dry sherry, 12 oz of dry vermouth, and 16 dashes of orange bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dry sherry, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. Add ice and stir well. Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled cocktail glasses, and garnish with an orange zest. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep them in the fridge as both sherry and vermouth are prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dry Sherry Substitute: Use a dry non-alcoholic gin with a splash of grape juice as a substitute.
  • Dry Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores.
  • Orange Bitters Substitute: To get the citrusy touch brought by the Orange bitter, you can slightly muddle an orange zest into the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also, note that 2 dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Prepare the drink: Combine the ingredients as follows: 1,5 oz of non-alcoholic gin, 1 oz of non-alcoholic vermouth, 0,5 oz of white grape juice and 2 dashes of orange bitters (or muddle an orange zest into the shaker before pouring the ingredients). Proceed as usual with a “throw”, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange zest.

Making it Vegan:

The Bamboo cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Enjoy!

What is a Bamboo cocktail?

A Bamboo cocktail is a sherry-based cocktail made of dry sherry, dry vermouth, and dashes of orange bitters and Angostura bitters. It’s often garnished with an orange twist for an added citrus note.

A side shot of a Bamboo cocktail in a cocktail glass on a multicolored surface surrounded by a bar spoon, a jigger and a green cloth in front of a plant.

What is a Bamboo cocktail made of – The ingredients

The following ingredients are necessary for a Bamboo cocktail:

  • Dry Vermouth: This ingredient adds a slightly bitter, aromatic flavor to the Cocktail. It’s a fortified wine that’s been flavored with various botanicals.
  • Fino and Manzanilla Sherry: These two types of sherry, both made from Palomino grapes and aged for at least 2 years, are used to bring dry and tannic notes to the cocktail.
  • Orange Bitters: These add a citrusy tang to the drink, enhancing its overall flavor profile and bringing more depth to the cocktail.
  • Angostura Bitters: Known for their distinctive herbal bouquet, they contribute depth and complexity to the Cocktail.
  • Orange Twist: Used as a garnish, it imparts a subtle citrus aroma that complements the other ingredients in the Bamboo cocktail. It brings a hint of freshness to the drink and compliments it well thanks to the association with the orange bitters.

Dry Vermouth, Fino Sherry, Manzanilla Sherry, orange bitters, and Angostura aromatic bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bamboo cocktail?

Use our step-by-step instructions to whip up a Bamboo cocktail:

1
<p>Begin by filling a cocktail glass with ice. This way, the glass will be chilled and prevent the cocktail from warming up too quickly after serving.</p>

Begin by filling a cocktail glass with ice. This way, the glass will be chilled and prevent the cocktail from warming up too quickly after serving.

2
<p>Take the cocktail shaker. In the bigger tin, pour 2 dashes of Orange Bitters.</p>

Take the cocktail shaker. In the bigger tin, pour 2 dashes of Orange Bitters.

3
<p>For a slightly more full-bodied drink, add 1 dash of Angostura Aromatic bitters as well.</p>

For a slightly more full-bodied drink, add 1 dash of Angostura Aromatic bitters as well.

4
<p>Add 1.5 oz of dry vermouth into the shaker. The dry vermouth will add a layer of herbal, and botanical flavors to the cocktail.</p>

Add 1.5 oz of dry vermouth into the shaker. The dry vermouth will add a layer of herbal, and botanical flavors to the cocktail.

5
<p>Pour 0.75 oz of Fino sherry into the shaker.</p>

Pour 0.75 oz of Fino sherry into the shaker.

6
<p>Pour 0.75 oz of Manzanilla sherry into the shaker as well.</p>

Pour 0.75 oz of Manzanilla sherry into the shaker as well.

7
<p>Fill half of the tin you’ve been using with ice cubes. Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin to the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times). This way of preparing a cocktail is called “throwing”: it is used to chill and combine ingredients while bringing a lot of air to the mix, which is particularly welcome when mixing vinous ingredients such as vermouth and sherry.</p>

Fill half of the tin you’ve been using with ice cubes. Secure the cocktail strainer on top with one hand. With the other hand, take the smaller tin. Carefully transfer the liquid from the bigger tin to the smaller one; make sure to transfer only the liquid and not the ice cubes. Then, pour the liquid back from the smaller tin into the bigger one and repeat the process (5-7 times). This way of preparing a cocktail is called “throwing”: it is used to chill and combine ingredients while bringing a lot of air to the mix, which is particularly welcome when mixing vinous ingredients such as vermouth and sherry.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from the cocktail glass and pour the cocktail into the chilled glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from the cocktail glass and pour the cocktail into the chilled glass.

9
<p>Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist. To do this, cut a thin slice of orange peel, twist it over the glass to release its oils, and rub it over the rim of the glass.</p>

Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist. To do this, cut a thin slice of orange peel, twist it over the glass to release its oils, and rub it over the rim of the glass.

10
<p>Then, place it over the rim of the cocktail glass.</p>

Then, place it over the rim of the cocktail glass.

History and Origin of the Bamboo Cocktail

The Bamboo cocktail is a classic drink that has been around for over a century. Its roots trace back to 1886, and a German bartender named Louis Eppinger is often credited with its creation.

Eppinger moved to Japan in 1889 after honing his bartending skills in Portland and San Francisco, where he probably created the cocktail. When moving abroad, his goal was to bring a taste of Western culture to the East. He wanted to create a cocktail that would appeal to both Westerners visiting Japan and locals who were curious about Western tastes.

A Bamboo cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige table surrounded by Dry Vermouth, Fino Sherry, Manzanilla Sherry, orange bitters, and Angostura aromatic bitters

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FAQ

How many calories does a Bamboo cocktail contain?
A standard Bamboo cocktail contains approximately 150 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Bamboo cocktail?
The strength of a Bamboo cocktail is relatively mild compared to other cocktails. It typically has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 12-14%, which translates to 24-18 proof. This makes it a great choice for those who prefer a less potent drink.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bamboo cocktail?
A traditional Bamboo cocktail uses two types of alcohol: dry sherry and dry vermouth. These are mixed in equal parts to create the base of the drink.
In what type of glass is a Bamboo cocktail served?
Typically, you'll find a Bamboo cocktail served in a chilled coupe glass. This classic style of glassware helps maintain the temperature and enhances the overall presentation of the drink.
What does a Bamboo cocktail taste like?
A Bamboo cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The dry sherry provides a nutty, slightly sweet taste, while the dry vermouth adds herbal and bitter notes. Together, they create a balanced, complex flavor profile that's both refreshing and sophisticated.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bamboo cocktail?
The ratio for making a Bamboo cocktail is simple: equal parts dry sherry (either one kind or a blend) and dry vermouth.
How is a Bamboo cocktail served with respect to ice?
A Bamboo cocktail is typically “thrown” with ice to chill it, and then strained into your glass. It's not usually served over ice or 'on the rocks', as this could dilute the flavors too much.

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