Rum Swizzles

For a refreshing cocktail on a warm summer evening, nothing beats the tropical vibes of this Rum Swizzle. This rum-based cocktail is often called "Bermuda's national drink." To prepare this storied drink, it's best to use an authentic swizzle stick, which are long stems snapped off a tree native to the Caribbean and feature multiple prongs that stick out horizontally. When spun rapidly between your hands inside the ice-cold cocktail, the swizzle stick will create a thick layer of frost on the outside of a glass—the sign of a perfect swizzle. If you don't have an authentic swizzle stick, you can use a whisk. Combine shaved ice, light rum, fresh lime juice, sugar and Angostura bitters in a pitcher and stir, or whisk until the mixture is foamy. Pour into glasses and garnish with orange slices, mint, and lime zest. This is the ideal cocktail when hosting a small porch or deck party. Create a charcuterie board using your favorite cheese, sausages, and pickles. Or serve a platter of fresh summer appetizers such as easy Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts or Artichoke and Crabmeat Dip. If you need a drink for a larger crowd, these big-batch cocktails make your party planning a bit easier. Enjoyed at the pool, on the front porch, or at the family lake house, these fresh cocktails will help everyone cool off and stay comfortable. Farmers' market fruit isn't just for snacking and desserts - you can use the season's freshest produce in pitcher cocktails such as Honeysuckle-Watermelon Cocktails and Peach Mojitos. Whether you make Rum Swizzles for two or a big batch cocktail for a crowd, enjoy these refreshing drinks all season long.

Rum Swizzles
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2 serves


  • Shaved ice

  • 5 ounces light rum

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange slices, fresh mint sprigs, and lime zest strips, for garnish


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a pitcher. Stir vigorously until foamy, 20 seconds. Pour into 2 rocks glasses. Top with orange slices, mint, and lime zest.

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