Green Swizzle Cocktail Recipe

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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 Green Swizzle cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant drink that originated in the Caribbean. It is said to have been a favorite among pirates and sailors, who would enjoy it while taking a break from their adventures at sea.

  • The name 'Swizzle' comes from the swizzle stick, a small branch used to mix the drink
  • The drink gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, becoming a staple at tropical-themed parties
  • Ernest Hemingway was known to be a fan of the Green Swizzle

How Green Swizzle Tastes?

The Green Swizzle is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The combination of rum, lime, and mint creates a refreshing and invigorating taste, while the bitters add a subtle complexity to the drink.

Interesting facts about Green Swizzle

  • The Green Swizzle is often considered a precursor to the popular Mojito
  • The drink is traditionally served in a tall glass, allowing for plenty of ice to keep it cold and refreshing
  • The green color of the cocktail comes from the combination of mint and lime, which also adds to its refreshing taste


White Rum

The 2oz of White Rum provide the backbone of the cocktail, giving it a smooth and slightly sweet base. If you skimp on the rum, you'll miss out on the party-in-a-glass vibe, while too much will make your drink not a swizzle, but a stagger.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Fresh Lime Juice at 1oz is crucial for the zesty tang, balancing the sweetness of the syrup and rum. Drop the lime, and you're looking at a sad, flat party. No lime, no sublime time!

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Simple Syrup

Half an ounce of Simple Syrup brings just enough sweetness to round out the tartness of the lime. If you overdo it, you'll feel like you're sipping on liquid candy, and nobody wants a toothache with their buzz. If you forget it, your face might pucker more than a grandma's kiss.

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Angostura Bitters

A couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters add a complex spice that gives depth. Without it, you might as well call your drink a 'Green Fizzle' because you've lost the mysterious whisper of the tropics.

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Fresh Mint Leaves

Fresh Mint Leaves are the cool kids in the mix, with 6 being the magic number. Too few and you'll miss the whisper of mint on a summer breeze; too many, and your cocktail will taste like it’s trying to be a toothpaste.

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Soda Water

Soda Water is there to lift everything up, to give that refreshing fizz. Without it, it's not a swizzle, but just a sad, flat puzzle.

Emma Rose

Garnish: Mint Sprig

A Mint Sprig for garnish because we eat (and drink) with our eyes first! It's the final flourish that says, 'I'm not just a drink; I'm an experience.' Plus, it makes you look fancy, and who doesn't love that?

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Recipe. How to make Green Swizzle Drink

  1. In a shaker, gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup
  2. Add the white rum, lime juice, and Angostura bitters
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well
  4. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Top with soda water
  6. Gently stir the drink to mix
  7. Garnish with a mint sprig

Pro Tips

  • Muddle the mint gently to avoid bitterness
  • Use fresh lime juice for a brighter flavor
  • Chill the glass before serving for a refreshing experience

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The crisp acidity from the lime juice and the fresh mint makes the Green Swizzle an excellent companion for seafood, especially grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Chicken: Try it with a lemon-herb marinated chicken for a refreshing balance.
  • Light Salads: A salad with a light vinaigrette dressing would complement the fresh flavors of the cocktail.
  • Fruit Salsas: The sweetness and acidity can stand up to the flavors in a fruit salsa, adding a tropical flair to your meal.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Brew Coffee: Its bitterness and acidity could balance the sweetness and minty freshness of the Green Swizzle.
  • Non-alcoholic Ginger Beer: If someone prefers a non-alcoholic pairing, ginger beer can mimic the spiciness of the bitters and the effervescence of the soda water.

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What you could change in Green Swizzle

  • White Rum: Can be replaced with any light rum
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Lemon juice can be used as a substitute
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as a substitute

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And of course - twists🍹

The Tropical Swizzle

  • Ingredients: Use coconut rum instead of white rum, add a splash of pineapple juice.
  • Recipe: Muddle, mix, and top as above, but with the tropical twist of coconut rum and pineapple juice.
  • Flavor: Expect a sunny beach vibe, where the coconut and pineapple playfully dance with the minty freshness. No winter blues when this drink's in your hand!

The Herbal Swizzle

  • Ingredients: Add a sprig of rosemary or basil to the muddle step, and use honey syrup instead of simple syrup.
  • Recipe: The same Green Swizzle steps, but throw in the rosemary or basil with the mint, and switch to the more fragrant honey syrup.
  • Flavor: It’s like your cocktail took a walk through a herb garden. Each sip is more complex and aromatic, like drinking in the essence of a lush greenhouse.

The Berry Swizzle

  • Ingredients: Muddle in a handful of fresh berries with the mint and use a flavored soda water instead of plain.
  • Recipe: Follow the standard recipe but introduce the berries in the muddle phase, and choose a complimentary flavored soda.
  • Flavor: This twist is a fruit lover's daydream. The berries add a sweet, tart dimension that will have you thinking of picnics and sunshine, no matter the weather outside.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Swizzle

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Green Swizzle

What type of alcohol is usually used in a Green Swizzle cocktail?

The Green Swizzle cocktail mainly uses White Rum which is a type of rum that has a light, crisp flavor. It is preferred due to its capability to blend perfectly with the other ingredients without overpowering them.

Is Green Swizzle a good cocktail for a beginner to make?

Yes, the Green Swizzle cocktail is relatively easy to make and doesn't require a lot of complex techniques. It's a great option for amateur bartenders to practice and enjoy.

What are the main flavors in a Green Swizzle cocktail?

The Green Swizzle cocktail is known for its refreshing and vibrant flavours. It is a delightful mix of sweet from the syrup, sour from the lime juice, and slightly bitter from the Angostura Bitters.

Can I make a non-alcoholic, or mocktail, version of the Green Swizzle?

Absolutely! For a non-alcoholic version of the Green Swizzle, You can skip the rum and use a mix of lime juice, simple syrup, soda water and a dash of non-alcoholic bitters.

What kind of occasions is the Green Swizzle cocktail best suited for?

The Green Swizzle cocktail, with its visually appealing colour and refreshing taste, is a great choice for summer parties and tropical-themed events.

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