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Rum Swizzle

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A Rum Swizzle is a rum-based cocktail often called "Bermuda's national drink". It has been said that this potent cocktail is "as much a part of Bermuda Island culture and cuisine as is the Bermuda onion, the vibrant hibiscus, or the graceful Bermuda Longtail."

Left: A Rum Swizzle, as served in Bermuda.

Different bartenders have varying interpretations of this drink. Rum, fruit juice (often including lime, and orange and pineapple juice), and a flavored sweetener such as falernum (see below) or grenadine are the most consistent ingredients, and the drink is generally shaken or stirred with ice.

(Falernum is a sweet syrup used in Tropical and Caribbean drinks. It contains flavors of almond, ginger and/or cloves, and lime, and sometimes vanilla or allspice.)

Rum Swizzle Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce falernum

Preparation and Serving


Shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.



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