Swizzles are a classic style of cocktail that well predate Tiki, but seem to have been adopted more or less whole cloth by the movement for a variety of reasons. Swizzles can be made with virtually any liquor, but the most popular is rum, a trend I suspect was cemented by the Tiki movement. Like grogs, swizzles use a variety of juices that further help it fit in with the Tiki movement.
Of course, the real defining feature of the drink is that it is
swizzled, i.e. stirred, in the glass with the eponymous Swizzle Stick. These can be anything from little coffee stirrers, to little plastic sculptures. Materials can get quite exotic too, like Sun-Dried Aardvark-Tongue Swizzle-Sticks. The infinite variety of design you can put into swizzle sticks is what makes the style so readily adoptable by the Tiki masters, and there is a huge array of Tiki-style swizzles to be had. Another Tiki drink I’ve already profiled this month is the Pogo Stick, which uses rock candy swizzles to more than just mix the drink.
I’m pretty sure that there are more Rum Swizzle recipes out there than Carter has pills, with a variety of readings on the Tiki scale. I’m going to go with a simple one that just showed up in my email box, in a promotional email from KegWorks of all places. It is simple and straightforward to make, yet complex, refreshing, and exotic to drink. I tried it with a couple of pretty good rums. All were tasty, but Goslings Black Seal stood way out in front as the best in this formulation.
- 2 oz. Goslings Black Seal rum
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice.
- 1 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1/4 oz. falernum
Pour all ingredients into an empty highball or double old-fashioned glass. Add some ice and swizzle with your stick of choice to mix thoroughly. Add more ice to top. Garnish with citrus and a real homemade maraschino cherry.
Why is there no swizzle stick in the picture?
Well, first of all, I had just crafted this little floating garnish and wanted to show it off. Second, I was using a different swizzle than any I mentioned above. Remember that when you are alone in the bar, no one sees you. The handiest swizzle of all is a clean digitus secundus….
UPDATE: Welcome Phoenix New Times readers! Please wander about while you are here. There’s lots of other great libations to try.