Queen’s Park Swizzle Recipe
Queen's Park Swizzle is a very tasty and pleasant drink. The drink originated in Trinidad in the 1920s and was the Queen's Park Hotel's signature drink. The hotel has long been closed, but the drink lives on as a popular classic.
- Pour simple syrup and lime juice into a glass.
- Add a handful of mint leaves (about 8-10).
- Muddle the mint lightly.
- Add rum.
- Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice.
- Stir the drink by "swizzling" it. The "swizzle" method is traditionally performed with a "swizzle stick", but it also works well with a regular bar spoon. You do it by rolling the shaft of the stick or bar spoon between your palms back and forth so that the drink is stirred quickly and thoroughly.
- Fill the glass with more crushed ice.
- Top with a few dashes of Angostura Bitters.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint.
The simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar and water (1:1). In this cocktail, you can choose a darker sugar like cane sugar, demerara, or muscovado to get a more interesting taste.
Which rum you choose is a matter of taste, but if you have the opportunity, you should use some form of aged rum (3 years and up), rather than a completely white variant.