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COCKTAIL: The Palmetto


ROGUE STORIES - The Palmetto CocktailEveryone loves to drink Martinis, right? Well here’s a variation that dates back to the 1930’s. The Palmetto was originally printed in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book.

Like the Martini, the Palmetto is not for the faint of heart. There is no juice to soften the blow, only the ice it is stirred with. Approach this one with a degree of awareness usually reserved for Old Fashioned’s and the like.

The drink is equal parts rum and sweet vermouth, with a little orange bitters. The variety of rums and vermouths available make this a fun drink to play around with too. In this case we will use Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum and Dolin Sweet Vermouth. This makes for a smooth spicy sipper.



  • 1.5oz Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
  • 1.5oz Dolin Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters


Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until the glass is frosty (about 20-30 seconds). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

ROGUE STORIES - The Palmetto CocktailROGUE STORIES - The Palmetto Cocktail

Make often, and enjoy!

COCKTAIL: Maple Bourbon Cider


Apples have always been a usually interesting fruit to me – you can find it in pies, desserts, as chips, and my personal favourite, as a phone. You also plan entire days around picking them, where most of the time it’s not even about the apples. In Shanghai, where I lived before Toronto, I only knew apples as the fruit with the crunch that slightly hurt my teeth. It was uncommon to see a cooked apple in China, so you can imagine the shock when I discovered how it was consumed in the west.


It’s almost cliché to talk about apples in September but allow me this one concession for this week’s cocktail. Why? Because yet again the apple is another fabulous ingredient to something – meet the Maple Bourbon Cider. With a slight kick from the cinnamon and lemon, combined with the maple-sweetness, this week’s drink is a treat perfect for late-summer patio hangs, or cozy fall snuggles.


  • 1.5 oz of Bourbon (We used Jim Beam)
  • 4 oz Apple Cider (Pure apple juice works too)
  • 1 Lady Apple
  • Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • Ice



In a shaker combine cinnamon, maple syrup, bourbon and lemon juice. Stir mixture until everything, especially the cinnamon, is blended together. Stir in the ice and apple cider. Strain mixture into glass and finish with a slice of lady apple.


As the fall weather gets cooler try preparing a hotter Maple Bourbon Cider! Just heat the ingredients in a pot until it’s hot and not boiling. Serve the drink with an apple slice in your favourite mug and you’ve got yourself the perfect drink for a cozy night in.

Make often and enjoy!


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Amira Dhalla is a digital maven. We met many years ago, when she was managing community at a startup, founded by her brother. Since then, I’ve come to know the remarkably chill, happy-go-lucky lady and her incredible work on the web. Many people might not know the faces behind Mozilla (a non-profit, best known for the FireFox web browser), or what they do with global web initiatives. Here’s how this change maker is reconstructing our perspective of the web, as Lead, Women and Web Literacy:

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