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Classic Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 1 min read

While the lighter white rum and fizz of club soda in a classic Mojito recipe tends to go down rather easily, Swizzles are meant to unfold over time: Packing the glass with as much crushed ice as possible will protect your cocktail from getting watered down too quickly.



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What Is a Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail?

The Queen’s Park Swizzle originated as the signature cocktail of the Queen’s Park Hotel in Trinidad. With the boost of aged rum and two types of bitters, this Cuban cocktail recipe leans more toward the exotic and layered complexity of tiki drinks.

Queen’s Park Swizzle Recipe

Queen’s Park Swizzle Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus mint tops for garnish
  • 15ml (.5 oz.) demerara simple syrup (2:1)
  • 15ml (.5 oz.) fresh lime juice
  • 60ml (2 oz.) aged rum
  • 3 to 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  1. Separate the mint leaves from their stems, leaving the tops intact. Set the stems and tops aside.
  2. Drop the mint leaves into a highball glass. Add the demerara syrup and muddle gently.
  3. Combine the fresh lime juice and aged rum, then fill the glass about halfway with crushed ice.
  4. Swizzle until the highball glass begins to feel frosty.
  5. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice. Swizzle again if necessary. Top the glass with a mound of crushed ice and insert a straw.
  6. Add the Angostura Bitters to the top of the drink. Garnish with a bouquet of mint sprigs placed in the ice next to the straw.

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