Bermuda Rum Swizzle Recipe

Get Out Your Swizzle Stick

Bermuda Rum Swizzle is the rum based cocktail that introduced the swizzle stick to the world. As the name implies, the drink originated in Bermuda. It is one of a handful of drinks competing for the title of ‘national drink of Bermuda’.

Description of the Item

  • Style of Cocktail – The Swizzle has been around long enough and spawned enough variants to be considered a style in its own right.
  • The defining characteristic of the swizzle is in it’s preparation. The drink is mixed using a swizzle stick.
  • An authentic swizzle stick is a branch from a tree that is native to the Caribbean. It has long thin branches with four or five horizontal branches extending from its end.
  • When spun between the hands it is very effective at chilling and mixing a drink very quickly.

Flavor Description

  • Strong
  • Sweet
  • Fruity

The Swizzle is a rum based tropical drink. Bitters and the spicy notes of the falernum balance the sweet, fruity juices. Falernum is a key ingredient in many tropical drinks. You make falernum with spices, lime and almonds. It can be either a syrup or liqueur.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle


  • Ingredients
  • 1 ½ oz dark rum
  • 1 ½ oz gold rum
  • 2 oz falernum
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Mint sprig and orange twist to garnish.


  1. Method
  2. In a chilled collins glass combine rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and falernum.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice or pebble ice.
  4. Spin a swizzle stick or a bar spoon between your hands to mix the drink.
  5. Top with bitters and garnish with mint and orange twist.


Swizzle Stick – The Swizzle Stick has a far more interesting history than you’d think. The mundane plastic drink stirrers were once actually sticks. Branches cut off the Swizzlestick Tree. Yes, it is an actual tree. The thin branches of the Quararibae Turbinata tree make them uniquely suited to frothing up a cocktail filled with crushed ice.

Drinkers in the West Indies have been using swizzle sticks at least since the 1840s. You spin the stick between your hands to mix drinks filled with crushed ice. People also reportedly use them to get the bubbles out of champagne. I don’t know why you’d want to remove the bubbles from champagne.



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