Bamboo Shot

Bamboo Shot

The Bamboo Shot takes the famous 19-century sherry cocktail and turns it into a shot. The original Bamboo — sherry, dry vermouth and a few drops of orange and Angostura bitters — is credited to the German bartender Louis Eppinger of the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. Dry and complex, it looks and tastes like a high-proof drink, but the low-A.B.V. ingredients keep its impact in check, making it an ideal shot to start a celebration — or a Tuesday night. Eating briny, buttery Castelvetrano olives as a chaser completes the shot experience — and helps round out the drink’s drier tones.
  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    To a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, add the sherry, vermouth and bitters.
  2. Step 2

    Hold one of the lemon peels by its long edges, skin facing down into the cocktail shaker. Pinch the peel to express the citrus oils in. Repeat with the remaining lemon peel and the orange peels.
  3. Step 3

    Add salt and ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into eight small glasses and serve immediately with olives.