Central Standard Swizzle

A swizzle is a (typically) rum-based drink, served on crushed ice and stirred with a special swizzle stick, which has a flared, spiked bottom to help agitate the drink. You don’t really need a special stick; a normal barspoon is fine.

This particular swizzle is a favorite house cocktail at Central Standard in Austin. It’s a pretty straightforward rum swizzle, distinguished mostly by the use of lemon juice instead of lime, and by the gorgeous topper of blood-red Angostura bitters.

The bitters are more for scent than taste, since the drink is usually served with a straw. Our measurement is based on the size of the Collins glasses we used; you’ll need enough dashes to ensure that the top of the drink is completely soaked in the stuff.

Ingredients

Instructions

Muddle the mint at the bottom of a tall glass. Add the rum, lemon juice, and falernum and fill the glass halfway with crushed ice. Stir with a swizzle stick or a barspoon. Top off the glass with more crushed ice and garnish with the aromatic bitters and a few sprigs of mint.

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