ROGUE STORIES - The Palmetto Cocktail

Recipe and images courtesy of to Bartender Atlas

Everyone 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!

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