Test Kitchen: A Sip With a Twist + The List of Last Chances

June 15, 2021

Caitlin Press and  DOSC restaurant's bar manager Xavier recently teamed up to develop A Sip With a Twist, a gin-based cocktail inspired by Christina Myers's  The List of Last Chances (Caitlin Press) that follows a pair of reluctant travel companions across the country into an unexpected friendship and new adventures. We obviously had to try it for ourselves: this literary inspired cocktail was gincredible — a refreshing, perfectly sweet cocktail to kick off summer. Read on for the recipe and excerpt from the book.


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Much like the protagonist Ruthie's unexpected stops in The List of Last Chances small Canadian gin producers have been popping up in different locations all across Canada. Many of these local gins highlight their uniqueness by using botanicals only found in their specific region. From notes of seaweed on the coast, to pine and spruce in our great forests and lemongrass and rose from the prairies, each gin brings something unique but welcomed to the table. Try this cocktail with your favourite local gin after purchasing The List of Last Chances from your favourite local bookstore. You, like Ruthie, might be pleasantly surprised. 





The Recipe


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 0.5oz aperol
  • 0.5oz maple syrup
  • 0.75oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • a spear of rosemary



  1. Muddle rosemary and maple syrup in the bottom of a shaker tin
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the tin and shake with ice for 15 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon and a sprig of charred rosemary.



BONUS: Read an excerpt from The List of Last Chances here.




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Thanks to Malaika Aleba at Caitlin Press for sharing this recipe with us! Find a copy of The List of Last Chances here on All Lit Up, or find a copy at your local bookstore with our Shop Local option. 

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