The Bamboo is a truly global cocktail. It was created in the 1890s at the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan, by German bartender Louis Eppinger and went on to find fame in the United States. It was so popular, in fact, that it was sold pre-bottled in the states for easy drinking and immediate access—not that it’s hard to make. Made with equal parts sherry and dry vermouth, with just a couple dashes each of Angostura and orange bitters, it’s easy to commit to memory and even easier to stir together.
Sometimes you just want to drink something blue. In those times, opt not for a Blue Raspberry Slurpee, but instead for this twist on a classic Martini made with vodka, blue curaçao and lightly bitter Cocchi Americano in place of the usual dry vermouth. A few dashes of orange bitters round everything out, bringing out the curaçao’s sweet, citrus...