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Porch Sipping Swizzles

It finally happened, I lost track of the days during quarantine and am posting this late.  My apologies.  As the weather has gotten warmer I have felt more inclined to do something that happens often in Texas; porch drinking.  Granted, I will engage in this activity all year long, but with the right cocktail, a bit of shade and a light a breeze, summer porch sips are hard to beat.  With the current world situation, I have been mentally looking back and forward at the same time, but I digress.  For now let’s look back and then forward with our latest Nouveau Prohibition libations.

The Rum swizzle has numerous variations and countless stories on how it came about, however if we focus on the simplest recipe for it (which happens to be my preference), we can trace it back to a deck at the Georgetown Club in British Guiana.  Now this is earlier than Prohibition times, much so, in the early 1800’s.  Free style swim forward to Bermuda add in the world’s first cocktail party, some book references, pineapple juice and a swizzle stick; and we reach 1924.  The swizzle in all its formats is meant to be refreshing and flavorful.

Rum is a beautiful spirit with a great deal of range.  One I have been exploring while in quarantine.  Please feel free to get creative with whatever rum you have one hand and the original recipe.  I do enjoy rum, but everything about the old school swizzle makes me crave whiskey.  I decided to also use one of my favorite local bourbons and dance around with a few new flavors.  So put on a country song, even if you don’t dabble in that genre, envision yourself watching some breeze ruffle grass and consider learning how to Texas two step next time you are in town.

Cheers!

 

Rum Swizzle

2 ounces bacardi rum aged 8 years
.6 ounce falernum
.5 ounce demerara simple syrup
.5 ounce lime juice
.25 ounce lemon juice
1 dash angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients into a chilled glass.  Fill the glass two-thirds of the way with crushed ice.  Swizzle with a swizzle stick or use your cocktail spoon to create a churning motion.  Top off the glass with ice.  Swizzle a bit more.   Garnish with citrus fruit slices, mint leaves and/or cherries.

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2 Step Swizzle

2 ounces TX bourbon
.75 ounce velvet falernum
.5 ounce honey simple syrup
.5 ounce lime juice
.25 ounce orange juice
2 drops cardamom tincture

Pour all ingredients, except the tincture into a chilled glass.  Fill the glass two-thirds of the way with crushed ice.  Swizzle with a swizzle stick or use your cocktail spoon to create a churning motion.  Top off the glass with ice.  Swizzle a bit more.   Garnish with an orange twist and the tincture drops on top.

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