Swizzle cocktails from the Caribbean are a summertime staple. It’s the drink that conjures up mellow summer nights, unfixable broken hearts, and the silence of the warm ocean.
However, it’s also a fun drink to mix!
We’ve come up with a list of 4 classic swizzles that you’ll want to bartend today. So what are you waiting for? Get out that swizzle stick, buy liquor online, and start mixing a drink that is the perfect toast to 2021’s diminishing summer.
1. Maracuya Mistress
Red and icy, it’s the mistress that won’t disappoint! Pleasant on the tongue with a touch of floral tastes, the white rum comes alive with all its blazing glory. Here’s how to whip up this swizzle.
- 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz. hibiscus syrup* (Check the recipe below)
- 2 oz. white rum
- 3/4 oz. passion fruit juice
- Lime wheel for garnish
- This one’s easy to make once you have purchased the liquor online! Add all the ingredients to a rocks glass.
- Use a swizzle stick and mix.
- Serve with a lime wheel.
*How to make the hibiscus syrup
- 2 cups of sugar
- ½ cup dried Jamaican hibiscus leaves
- 1 cup water
- Put all the ingredients into a pan.
- Bring to boil.
- Reduce heat and allow it to simmer until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Let the leave steep for 6 minutes.
- Strain into a container.
- It will last refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
2. Cappelletti Swizzle
The Italian aperitif made from a base of red wine is the star of this cocktail. You can buy the vermouth from Liquor Wine Time and enjoy a refreshingly snazzy drink. There is no need to search for a “liquor store near me” when you can order liquor online with all the safety precautions intact!
- ½ oz. dry vermouth
- ¾ oz. lime juice
- ¾ oz. simple syrup
- 1½ oz. Aperitivo Cappelletti
- Mint sprig for garnishing
- In a shaker, combine the ingredients with a lone ice cube.
- Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
3. Bermuda Rum Swizzle
Learn how to mix the National Drink of Bermuda with a swizzle stick! Gorgeous yellow, fruity, with a splash of rummy goodness, buy liquor online from Liquor Wine Time and mix this magically cold drink!
- 8 oz. rum
- 8 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
- 8 oz. pineapple juice
- 3/4 oz. grenadine
- 6 dashes Angostura bitters
- Garnish: orange slice, pineapple wedge, cherry
- Add crushed ice to fill a pitcher up to a third by volume.
- Add the rum, orange and pineapple juice, grenadine, and bitters.
- Use a swizzle stick to churn until frothing.
- Fill up a rocks glass with fresh ice and divide the contents of the pitcher. It should serve 4.
- Garnish the drink with an orange slice, a pineapple wedge, and a cherry.
4. New York Streets Swizzle
You can buy liquor online and make this labor of love for yourself. It’s certainly worth the effort.
- ½ oz, Kina l’Aéro d’Or Vin Apéritif au Quinquina
- ½ oz. dry sherry
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. mint simple syrup** (Check the recipe below)
- 1 oz. vermouth
- 1½ oz. caramelized pineapple-infused gin ***(Check the recipe below)
- 4-5 dashes Angostura bitters
- 8-10 mint leaves, plus extra 15-20 sprigs for garnish
- Gently muddle mint leaves and mint simple syrup in a pilsner glass.
- Add all ingredients except for the bitters to a cocktail shaker with one ice cube and shake until you can no longer hear the ice cube rattle.
- Pour the contents of the shaker into a pilsner glass.
- Next, fill the glass halfway with ice.
- Use a swizzle stick to mix the contents of the glass.
- Fill the whole glass with ice and swizzle again!
- Top with crushed ice and Angostura bitters.
- Garnish with mint sprigs.
***To make the caramelized pineapple-infused gin
- ¾ of a pineapple, peeled and diced
- 1 750ml bottle gin (conveniently buy the liquor online!)
- 2 cinnamon sticks, halved
- 4 oz. pineapple juice
- To a pan, add the pineapple pieces and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes. At this point, the pineapple should begin to caramelize.
- Add the pineapple to a container with all the other ingredients.
- Let the pineapple steep until it has reached room temperature, and then seal the container.
- You can then refrigerate it overnight.
- The following day you can strain the pineapple after muddling to extract as much juice as possible.
- If kept sealed and refrigerated, it lasts around 3 weeks.
**To make the mint simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 8 mint leaves
- Add mint and sugar to a saucepan.
- Muddle to release essential oils.
- When you can smell the mint, add water and heat on a medium flame.
- All everything to steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove it from the heat and strain into a sealed container.
- If refrigerated, it will keep for about 2 weeks.
The Origins of the Swizzle
Swizzle, a combination of the words “swill” and “guzzle,” refers to a type of cocktail that originated in the West Indies.
This cocktail is traditionally mixed with a swizzle stick. A swizzle stick is a branch of the Quararibea turbinate tree that ends in finger-like projections. Stirring the cocktail with this stick gives it its distinctive taste and appeal.
The cocktail is also made up of ungainly crushed or pebbled ice rather than the neat cubes we’re used to seeing. Again, rum Is the shadowy culprit here, although other liquors can be used.
Moreover, the drink is served in a Collins or sling glass, resembling a slushie rather than the refined cocktail! Don’t go by looks, though! Instead, buy liquor online and get started on mixing up the swizzle.
Swill and guzzle, we say!
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