Bermuda Rum Swizzle Cocktail Recipe

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Bermuda Rum Swizzle Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:0 g

Carbohydrates:20 g


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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bermuda Rum Swizzle is a classic cocktail that originated in Bermuda, dating back to the 18th century. It is often considered the national drink of Bermuda and is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike. The cocktail is traditionally served at the Swizzle Inn, Bermuda's oldest pub, which has been serving this delicious concoction since 1932.

  • The name 'Swizzle' comes from the swizzle stick, a small wooden stick used to mix the cocktail
  • The cocktail gained popularity among British sailors who visited Bermuda
  • The Bermuda Rum Swizzle is often enjoyed during celebrations and gatherings

How Bermuda Rum Swizzle Tastes?

The Bermuda Rum Swizzle has a well-balanced, fruity, and refreshing taste. It is sweet and tangy with a hint of spice, and has a smooth, medium-bodied texture. The combination of rum, fruit juices, and bitters creates a complex and satisfying flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Bermuda Rum Swizzle

  • The original recipe for the Bermuda Rum Swizzle is said to be a closely guarded secret, known only to a select few at the Swizzle Inn
  • The cocktail is often served in a pitcher or punch bowl, making it perfect for sharing with friends and family
  • The Bermuda Rum Swizzle is sometimes referred to as 'Bermuda's answer to the Mojito'


Dark Rum

Why it's the star of the show? Dark rum gives that rich, molasses-like sweetness which literally hugs your taste buds. 2 oz, because less would be a teaser and more like a pirate's punch. Without it, you'd be adrift at sea without a sail.

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Light Rum

It's the effervescent wingman to dark rum, offering a lighter, crisper complement. 2 oz keeps the cocktail balanced - it's a democratic relationship in this glass. Skip it, and the drink becomes an autocracy of dark rum.

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Pineapple Juice

1 oz of this nectar brings tropical breezes to your senses. Just enough to whisper 'Aloha', but not too loud to become a luau in your mouth. No pineapple juice, no lei for your taste buds.

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Orange Juice

1 oz to provide the citrus zing, bridging our fruity friends with a tang. It's the mediator that says, 'Can't we all just get along?' Removing it would leave a void like a party without music.

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0.5 oz to sweeten the deal and paint our drink sunset red. It's like the Bard adding just the right metaphor to his sonnet. Omit it, and the poetic harmony is lost.

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Angostura Bitters

2 dashes are the spice of life here - they add complexity, a bit of mystery, and yes, some bitter love. Without the bitters, the cocktail loses its depth, a book with no plot twist.

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Optional Garnish: Pineapple Wedge, Maraschino Cherry

It's the edible decoration that says, 'I'm dressed up and ready to party.' Because who doesn't like a cherry on top?

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Recipe. How to make Bermuda Rum Swizzle Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the dark rum, light rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice
  5. Optional: Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool longer
  • Shake well to ensure all ingredients are well combined

Perfect Pairings


The crisp citrus and tropical notes of a Bermuda Rum Swizzle pair beautifully with grilled shrimp or lobster. The rum accents the sweetness of the seafood, while the bitters provide a nice contrast.

Spicy Dishes

Jerk chicken or spicy Thai dishes can complement the sweetness and fruitiness of the cocktail. Just like a well-choreographed dance, the heat from the spices and the cooling effect of the cocktail create a harmonious experience.


Barbecued pork ribs with a tangy sauce echo the sweet and sour balance of the cocktail. Just like a hug from an old friend, the flavors seem familiar but always pleasantly surprising.


Finish your meal with a fruit tart or key lime pie, both of which will harmonize with the tropical flavors in the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.

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What you could change in Bermuda Rum Swizzle

  • Dark Rum: Can be replaced with bourbon or brandy
  • Light Rum: Can be replaced with vodka
  • Pineapple Juice: Can be replaced with apple juice
  • Orange Juice: Can be replaced with grapefruit juice
  • Grenadine: Can be replaced with simple syrup

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And of course - twists🍹

Twist 1: Tropical Swizzle

  • Substitute pineapple juice with mango juice for an exotic twist.
  • Add a splash of coconut cream to enhance the tropical vibes.
  • Garnish with a slice of fresh mango instead of pineapple. The result is a creamier, more exotic Bermuda Rum Swizzle that'll make you feel like you're sipping on sunshine.

Twist 2: Spiced Swizzle

  • Infuse the dark rum with spices (like cinnamon and clove) for a warm, spiced edge.
  • Use a cinnamon stick as a garnish.
  • A touch of honey instead of grenadine. The spiced elements challenge the traditional citrus and bring a cozy, autumnal feel to the cocktail.

Twist 3: Berry Bermuda

  • Add a few fresh raspberries and muddle them with the Angostura bitters before shaking.
  • Use cranberry juice in place of pineapple juice for a tart kick.
  • A sprig of mint for garnish adds a fresh, clean accent. This berry version offers a delightful tartness, adding a vibrant, summery twist to the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bermuda Rum Swizzle

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bermuda Rum Swizzle

What type of rum is best for a Bermuda Rum Swizzle?

As the name suggests, Bermuda Rum is used predominantly. However, you can use any quality dark and light rum for this cocktail.

What food pairs well with the Bermuda Rum Swizzle?

Since it has a tropical flavor profile, it pairs well with spicy Caribbean dishes, grilled seafood, or tropical fruits.

Can I make a Bermuda Rum Swizzle without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Substitute the rum with coconut water or a non-alcoholic rum-flavored beverage.

Does the Bermuda Rum Swizzle have another name?

No, it's most commonly known as the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.

What does 'swizzle' in the Bermuda Rum Swizzle mean?

Swizzle refers to the method of mixing the cocktail using a swizzle stick, made from the woody stem of a plant. Its branches are trimmed and its bark stripped, and it is then spun between the palms.

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