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Rum Swizzle

The Rum Swizzle is very similar to the Daiquiri. Both use light rum, the juice of half a lime, and 1/4 ounce simple syrup or 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar. The difference is, the Rum Swizzle adds Angostura bitters for a little more complex taste, and an ounce more of rum for an extra punch.

Rum Swizzle drink with crushed ice

The Rum Swizzle makes a great big batch drink, especially for a summer party… or a winter party where you want to make it feel more like summer.


This is a vintage Rum Swizzle recipe circa 1960s:

  • 2 1/2 ounces light rum
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (or 1/4 ounce simple syrup)

Put the ingredients in a double Old-Fashioned glass with lots of crushed ice, stir vigorously.

Newer versions of the recipe put everything in a Collins glass and add carbonated water to fill it up. If you find the rum packs too much punch in the traditional recipe, then the carbonated water version is a nice alternative.

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