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Swizzle sticks are popular accessories used to stir and mix drinks. They can be used to decorate highball drinks and are commonly found in tiki drinks. Drinks with different densities can benefit from this tool as they can mix the drinks again if it settles.

How to Use a Swizzle Stick

  1. Add all your ingredients to your serving glass.
  2. Push your swizzle stick to the bottom of the glass.
  3. Press your hands together with the swizzle stick in the middle. 
  4. Rub your hands back and forth to mix your drink.

The Difference Between a Swizzle Stick and Bar Spoon

The one function of a swizzle stick is to mix a drink without disturbing its surface. Swizzle sticks can also be used for decoration on your cocktail. On the other hand, bar spoons can be used for stirring, measuring, and giving better control with your pours.

Drinks That Use a Swizzle Stick

  • Rum Swizzle

To make a rum swizzle, you’ll need dark rum, white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, Grenadine, and angostura bitters. Mix dark rum, white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Grenadine in a mixing glass. Pour the rum swizzle in a serving glass and add a splash of bitters. Garnish it with a swizzle stick to finish the look.

  • Queen’s Park Swizzle

This drink bears a strong resemblance to mojitos, but the Queen’s Park Swizzle uses bitters to enhance its taste. The drink consists of lime juice, Demerara Simple Syrup, and mint leaves mixed in a highball glass. A dash of Angostura Aromatic Bitters to finish the taste and a swizzle stick for customers to mix the drink.

  • Watermelon Swizzle

For this drink, you need crushed ice for that refreshing taste. In a highball glass, muddle some basil, add rum, watermelon juice, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, and crushed ice. Mix it with a swizzle stick, add Aperol and more crushed ice. Garnish and leave the swizzle stick for mixing later.


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