Queen’s Park Swizzle

There’s nothing more sensational to sip on in the summertime than an icy cold drink that contains mint and rum. If you’re a fan of the classic mojito, then consider trying its cousin, the Queen’s Park Swizzle. It got its name from the Trinidadian hotel where it was first invented in the 1920s. The Queen’s Park Swizzle combines demerara rum, rich simple syrup, fresh lime juice, a bouquet of fresh mint, and several dashes of Angostura bitters. It’s a tall, boozy, tiki-esque rum concoction that Trader Vic famously said in 1946 to be “the most delightful form of anesthesia given out today.” I’ll have what he’s having! 😉

Queen's Park SwizzleQueen’s Park Swizzle, serves 1
2 ounces demerara rum (like El Dorado)
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce rich simple syrup (2:1)
small handful of mint
2-4 dashes Angostura bitters
mint sprigs for garnish
crushed ice

Queen's Park SwizzleFirst, make your rich simple syrup. Instead of using white sugar to make the simple syrup, we’re using demerara sugar like Florida Crystals. Demerara sugar is not refined so it has a creamy, rich, bold flavor with a hint of molasses. Combine 2 cups of demerara sugar in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and simmer on stove until sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Queen's Park SwizzleTo build your cocktail, add mint, lime, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and then muddle. Next, add your rum, then give it a quick shake and dump into your desired serving vessel. I recommend using a tall highball glass, pilsner glass, or even a tiki mug. Press the mint into the bottom of your glass and fill the glass with crushed ice. Use a bars spoon or a swizzle stick to swizzle the drink. You can do this by gently twirling the spoon or stick between the palms of your hands until a frost forms on the outside of the glass.

Queen's Park SwizzleAdd 2-4 dashes of Angostura bitters and top with additional ice. Garnish with a generous bouquet of mint. Finally, sip and enjoy!

Queen's Park SwizzleQueen's Park SwizzleSwizzles are tall, frosty, ice-capped cocktails that are the ultimate summer beverage to cool off with. The Queen’s Park Swizzle has simple enough ingredients and is not nearly as complicated as it looks. It doesn’t hurt how visually stunning this drink is to make it even more delicious! Don’t skimp on the Angostura bitters because they add so much spice and depth to this drink. It’s a smooth, easy drinking treat, so I hope you will consider making one! Don’t forget to kick your feet up, unwind, and be transported to somewhere cool and tropical. xo Natalie

Credits//Author and Photography: Natalie Jacob. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
 Queen's Park Swizzle
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Queen’s Park Swizzle

Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces demerara rum like El Dorado
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce rich simple syrup 2:1
  • small handful of mint
  • 2-4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • mint sprigs for garnish
  • crushed ice

Instructions

  1. First, make your rich simple syrup. Instead of using white sugar to make the simple syrup, we’re using demerara sugar like Florida Crystals. Demerara sugar is not refined so it has a creamy, rich, bold flavor with a hint of molasses. Combine 2 cups of demerara sugar in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and simmer on stove until sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

  2. To build your cocktail, add mint, lime, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and then muddle. Next, add your rum, then give it a quick shake and dump into your desired serving vessel. I recommend using a tall highball glass, pilsner glass, or even a tiki mug. 

    Press the mint into the bottom of your glass and fill the glass with crushed ice. Use a bars spoon or a swizzle stick to swizzle the drink. You can do this by gently twirling the spoon or stick between the palms of your hands until a frost forms on the outside of the glass.

  3. Add 2-4 dashes of Angostura bitters and top with additional ice. Garnish with a generous bouquet of mint. Finally, sip and enjoy!

 

  • THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! I’m so inspired that you guys created your own rum bar…I think my town needs one too!

  • snagging some serious inspo from this funky color combo ! great twist on a classic fav 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Look like a delicious drink,Cannot wait to try it
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  • These drinks looks so fun and refreshing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • 1 star
    While the recipe looks enticing, I would ask you to take a much closer look at Florida Crystals.
    Google Lake Okeechobee run-off which is a result of the sugar industry.

    Take a look at the profile picture for Stop Lake Okeechobee Water Releases
    (https://www.facebook.com/StopLakeOkeechobeeWaterReleases/)

    Read about the dead sea turtles, dolphins, whale sharks and thousands upon thousands of dead fish. While some people are claiming it’s Red Tide, many of us feel differently. I am a 3rd generation Floridian on the Gulf Coast. Never have I witnessed “red tide” take out a whale shark. The sea turtle deaths have more than doubled.

    Please read about how Florida Crystals is one of largest companies blocking any progress. Here is a snippet (https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-passes-everglades-reservoir-restoration-bill-after-20-years-fighting-big-sugar-9321807) :
    “The idea — to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee back from sugar growers in order to let water flow freely south to the Glades after close to a century of misdirection and mismanagement — was concocted in 1996 ………, Florida Crystals-owning Fanjul family, initially claimed it supported the plan but then fought the reservoir at almost every step for the next two decades.”

    I have followed your blog for many years and will continue to do so. I know you make money from sponsors and this is your livelihood. My only ask is you consider whether this is the company you want associated with your brand. From all I have seen on your blog, what Florida Crystals stands for goes against what you strive for on this site.

    Thank you.

  • This cocktail looks so pretty, and I bet it tastes amazing!
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  • This looks so yummy and refreshing! I can’t wait to make this on a hot summers day!

  • The colour of the cocktail is so beautiful! Perfect!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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