2022 Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 12 – Santa’s Swizzle. A cocktail advent calendar without a touch of Tiki would be like waking up on Christmas morning to find a lump of coal in your stocking. You made the ”nice” list this year and I’m treating you to this rum swizzle.
This is a very classic Tiki cocktail made with two different styles of rum, plenty of lime, and baking spices. Swizzles are sour style drinks that must be churned with a swizzle stick. They are most often served in a tall glass such as a highball, sling, or footed pilsner (like the one I’m using here). Having originated in the Caribbean, swizzles are most often rum-based cocktails but the name refers strictly to the method of preparation, and not the ingredients.
Swizzle sticks are classically made from a twig from a quararibea turbinate – an evergreen tree grown on the southern islands of the Caribbean. These trees grow up to 6 metres tall and have forked branches which make for perfect swizzle sticks called bois lélé. The bois lélé are still available for purchase but they can be hard to get your hands on – plastic and metal varieties are more wildly accessible.
Swizzles are made-in-glass cocktails served over crushed or cracked ice. Pour your ingredients into the glass and fill the glass half to three-quarters full with crushed ice. Immerse the blades of your swizzle stick into the cocktail, hold the shaft between the palms of both hands and rotate the stick rapidly by sliding your hands back and forth against it – as though you are trying to warm your hands quickly by rubbing your palms together.
If you don’t have a swizzle stick, you can use a bar spoon in the same manner. Top with more crushed ice until it’s mounded on top of the drink. Swizzling chills, aerates, and dilutes your cocktail while frosting over the glass.
This is possibly the most fun technique for mixing drinks and originates from a food preparation technique popular in the West Indies where food such as batter would be mixed prior to cooking by spinning a stick with a paddle at the end, while moving it up and down in the container.
I hope you’ll join me on Instagram Stories tonight at 5 p.m. and get to swizzlin’.
A cocktail advent calendar without a touch of Tiki would be like waking up on Christmas morning to find a lump of coal in your stocking. You made the ”nice” list this year and I’m treating you to this rum swizzle.