Swizzle 43

by James Stevenson

If you have been to a cocktail event in the past few years, I’m sure you’ve seen a few of our friends running around with a collection of swizzle sticks showing off their skills behind the “stick”; excuse the pun. The swizzle if a cocktail that was served at the first-ever recorded cocktail party, which dates it almost a century old and there is a huge resurgence in the industry for this style of cocktail. A drink that is very tropical by nature, and traditionally crafted with rum, we decided to keep the tropical theme and went tiki with our variation.

Tiki is considered a complicated art form, however, if you strip it down, like in the recently released Minimalist Tiki book, you’ll see that tiki is very approachable, if not simple at times. Following that theme, and with a bottle of Licor 43 in hand, which already offers so much in terms of profile, we found the 3 most basic tiki modifiers and threw them all in a shaker together. Ok, it was a little more involved than that, and the first rendition did not turn out as planned, but with 4 great ingredients, we built a delicious tiki-themed cocktail that can be easily replicated at home.

Recipe:

  • 2 ounces Licor 43
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ ounce Velvet Falernum

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Strain into a tiki mug over crushed ice
  4. Swizzle to mix ingredients with ice
  5. Top with more crushed ice
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel, pineapple crown, and edible flower

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