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Quuen's Park Swizzle


The Queen’s Park Swizzle was named for the Trinidadian hotel where it was first concocted in the 1920s. It combines overproof Demerara rum and rich simple syrup with a bouquet of fresh mint, a squeeze of lime and several dashes of Angostura bitters.


3 oz. 80-proof Demerara rum

½ oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)

½ oz. fresh lime juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

8 to 10 mint leaves

Tools: lele twig or barspoon, muddler

Glass: chimney or highball

Garnish: mint sprig, squeezed-out lime shell


Place the mint leaves in a glass and gently bruise; use a muddler to guide the mint leaves up the sides of the glass, coating it with the fragrant oils. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with crushed ice. Use a barspoon to swizzle—gently twirl the spoon between the palms of your hands—until a frost forms on the outside of the glass. Top with additional ice if needed. Garnish.


To make rich simple syrup, combine 1 cup Demerara sugar with ½ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and syrup just comes to a boil. Cool and store in refrigerator.

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