Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rum Swizzle (Revisited)

My idea of a swizzle involves lots and lots of stirring, no soda, and plenty of bitters--preferably made by a swizzle hawker with a stick of brush found on a beach in Barbados. This is more of a layman's swizzle that takes the name simply by having a swizzle stick. That doesn't mean it is a bad drink at all. The classic swizzle is a challenging cocktail to drink as well--it is tart, bitter, and very strong. You are better off drinking it down in a single draft and wincing through it. This is a much more approachable (touristy) swizzle.
  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters (Hella Aromatic Bitters used)
  • sparkling water
Combine sugar, rum, juice and bitters in a Shaker with ice Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass full of fresh ice. Top with sparkling water. Serve with a swizzle stick.

**Alternative and more authentic preparation. Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a highball glass full of ice. Stir with a swizzle stick until the ice is melted down by half. Top with ice again and stir until the glass freezes over. Serve with swizzle stick and a side of sparkling water to drink after you shoot down the entire cocktail.

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