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 Swizzle cocktail has its origins in the Caribbean, dating back to the 18th century. It was initially a simple mixture of rum, sugar, and water, stirred with a swizzle stick. Over time, various ingredients have been added to create a more complex and refreshing drink. The Swizzle is a popular choice for those who enjoy tropical flavors and a touch of history.

  • The Swizzle stick, used to mix the drink, is made from the branch of the Quararibea turbinata tree
  • The drink became popular among sailors and pirates in the Caribbean
  • The modern Swizzle cocktail has evolved to include various fruits and spices

How Swizzle Tastes?

The Swizzle cocktail is a refreshing, fruity, and slightly sweet drink with a hint of spice. It has a balanced combination of sour, sweet, and bitter flavors, with a smooth, velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Swizzle

  • The Swizzle cocktail is considered the precursor to the modern Mojito
  • The original Swizzle stick is still used in some bars to create an authentic experience
  • The Swizzle cocktail has inspired many variations, such as the Queen's Park Swizzle and the Rum Swizzle



The star of the show. 2oz of rum gives the cocktail its potent kick and sweet, molasses-like undertones. Too much rum, and you'll overpower the other flavors; too little, and you'll miss the warmth and depth it provides. Seeking an alternative? Try using a different style of rum, like a spiced rum, for an exotic twist!

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Lime Juice

1oz lime juice provides a zesty freshness that cuts through the sweetness, balancing the cocktail. Squeezing too little lime? The drink may become overly sweet. Substitute lemon juice if lime isn't handy, but expect a slightly less bright and more rounded citrus profile.

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Simple Syrup

Why 0.5oz? Because simple syrup is the sweet counterbalance to the lime's tartness. Without this, your Swizzle might be a pucker fest, and with too much, a sugar rush waiting to happen. Honey syrup can be a nice substitute, adding a floral note.

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Angostura Bitters

Only 2 dashes, because these aromatic bitters are potent. They add a layer of complexity with their herbaceous, spiced notes. Skip them, and you'll miss out on depth. A dash of orange bitters could be a fun alternative, give it a try!

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Crushed Ice

1 cup of crushed ice chills and dilutes the cocktail to perfection. Too little ice leaves the drink too strong, too much waters it down. No crushed ice? Pulse cubes in a blender for a makeshift solution!

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Mint Leaves

6 mint leaves bring a cool, refreshing aroma that's integral to the experience. Without mint, it's not quite a Swizzle! You might use basil for an herbaceous twist, but really, mint is irreplaceable here.

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A mint sprig garnish isn't just for looks; it serves as a fragrant welcoming committee for each sip. Plus, it's the flag that says 'your tropical vacation in a glass is ready!'

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Recipe. How to make Swizzle Drink

  1. In a tall glass, gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup
  2. Add the rum, lime juice, and Angostura bitters
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice and swizzle the mixture until well combined and chilled
  4. Top up with more crushed ice if needed
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor
  • Muddle the mint leaves gently to avoid bitterness
  • Use a traditional swizzle stick for an authentic experience

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: A cheese platter with a mix of hard and soft cheeses pairs wonderfully with the bright acidity of the lime juice and the richness of the rum.
  • Grilled Seafood: Tender pieces of grilled shrimp or calamari complement the refreshing and slightly sweet nature of the Swizzle cocktail.
  • Spicy Dishes: Spicy Caribbean or Asian dishes can be a great match, as the cocktail's sweetness will help balance the heat.


  • Fruit Tarts: A fruity dessert, like a lime or lemon tart, can enhance the citrus notes in the cocktail.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Simple vanilla ice cream allows the complex flavors of the cocktail to shine through.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

  • Coconut Water: As a non-alcoholic pairing, coconut water shares tropical vibes with the rum-based Swizzle.
  • Ginger Ale: If looking for a bubbly non-alcoholic option, ginger ale has a spiciness that can match the cocktail's bitters.

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What you could change in Swizzle

  • Rum: Can be substituted with vodka or gin
  • Lime juice: Can be substituted with lemon juice
  • Simple syrup: Can be substituted with honey or agave syrup
  • Mint leaves: Can be substituted with basil leaves

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Spiced Swizzle

Swap the rum for a spiced rum for a more aromatic, winter-friendly version. Add a cinnamon stick as garnish for that extra festive touch. This twist might just give you that warm, fuzzy feeling, even if it's cold outside!

Swizzle Me Berry

Muddle fresh raspberries or strawberries with your mint for a fruity twist. Top with a splash of soda water for some fizzy fun. This berry delicious version is sweeter, fruitier, and perfect for impressing your berry best friends.

Herbal Swizzle

Replace the mint with fresh basil leaves, and add a cucumber slice for garnish. This garden-fresh concoction will have an herbal kick that pairs well with the rum's natural sweetness—ideal for those looking to branch out into the world of herby cocktails.

In case you forgot basics how to make 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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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 Swizzle

What are some other variations of the Swizzle cocktail that I can try?

Some variations of the Swizzle cocktail include the 'Planter's Punch Swizzle', 'Pineapple Swizzle', and 'Scorpion Swizzle', which incorporate different fruits, bitters, and types of alcohol.

What kind of rum is best suited for the Swizzle cocktail?

While any type of rum can be used, a medium-bodied rum usually works best for the Swizzle cocktail.

What does swizzling a cocktail mean?

Swizzling a cocktail means to stir the ingredients in a circular motion, typically with a swizzle stick, to effectively mix and chill the cocktail.

Why is the Swizzle cocktail served in a highball glass?

Highball glasses are often used for cocktails like the Swizzle that require a lot of crushed ice. Its tall and slender shape also allows for a good display of the stratified layers often seen in swizzled drinks.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Swizzle?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic Swizzle, simply replace the rum with a non-alcoholic spirit or a mix of tropical juices.

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