The Bermuda Rum Swizzle is one of the national drinks of Bermuda (yes, there’s more than one). It’s synonymous with Gosling’s, manufacturers of its main ingredients; Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Gosling’s Gold Bermuda Rum.
Every bartender has their own interpretation but we’re just going to list those from the authoritative sources; Gosling’s themselves and the Swizzle Inn.
Malcolm Gosling’s Recipe
In the video below Gosling’s CEO, Malcolm Gosling, offers his interpretation of the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.
He starts by mixing the following ingredients in a large glass:
- 1.5 oz. of Gosling’s Gold Bermuda Rum
- 2 oz. of pineapple juice
- 2 oz. of orange juice
- 1 dash of grenadine
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
He mixes it by stirring, and then adds ice, and finally adds Gosling’s Black Seal Rum to float on top.
As Malcolm says, ‘it will have you dancing like a Gombey.’
Swizzle Inn Recipe
Jay Correira, proprietor of the Swizzle Inn, claims the Bermuda Rum Swizzle was invented at the pub in 1932. The owners at that time wanted a drink to distinguish the pub and came up with the cocktail.
He first mixes the ingredients in a pitcher filled with crushed ice:
- 4 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
- 4 oz. Gosling’s Gold Bermuda Rum
- 2 oz. of Triple Sec
- 2 oz. of Bermuda Falernum or sugar syrup
- 5 oz. of pineapple juice
- 5 oz. of orange juice
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
The mixture is then shaken until a frothy head appears.
Ready Mixed Bermuda Rum Swizzle
For those that don’t want to take the time to buy the ingredients and mix the drink, Gosling’s offer a ready-mixed version. You can find a list of retailers around the world on the official Gosling’s website.
Almost any bar on the island will mix you a Rum Swizzle, but the most obvious places to try are the Swizzle Inn and the Swizzle Inn South Shore.
On the 90-minute cruise around the Great Sound a Gosling’s ‘rumologist’ gives an interesting talk on the history of the company, demonstrates how to prepare the Bermuda Rum Swizzle and the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, and gives out samples.