The Drink That Inspired the Swizzle Stick
We all know what a swizzle stick is — or at least think we do. It’s one of those colorful rods made of florescent plastic that bartenders put in some drinks because . . . because why? To stir it?
Today swizzle sticks are more decorative than functional, but originally they were an important part of drink making. In fact, it was impossible to make a drink called a “swizzle” without a swizzle stick. (A swizzle is an entire class of drinks, like a sour, or a fizz, or a Collins, or a punch.)
The original swizzle sticks were cut from bushes and measured maybe a foot long. The root end of the stick was trimmed to form little “blades.” You would put it in a glass filled with crushed ice, booze, and mixers, and then quickly rotate the shaft of the stick between your palms so the root end would spin back and forth, churning your drink. This propeller action would help froth and chill the cocktail — no shaking necessary!
The Bermuda Rum Swizzle is by far the best drink in the swizzle family, IMO. It’s a tall, delightful combination of rum and citrus. Refreshing and thirst quenching.
Just the summer sipper you need for Labor Day weekend.