The classic Gin Swizzle.. a super simple and refreshing drink for everybody.

gin swizzle

When I first found out about this recipe, I wasn't sure why it was called a Gin Swizzle. This, of course, led to some Google searching and apparently, swizzles are types of cocktails that have been around for quite a long time. According to a great write-up about them on Storied Sips , they have quite an interesting history. Give it a read if you are so inclined and find these things interesting like I do.

What I particularly liked about this recipe was the introduction of bitters to the mix. I think it's an interesting way to take what is essentially a Gin Gimlet and add a twist to it.


The recipe, according to a number of sources, is as follows:

One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, served well chilled with plenty of ice.”

I have decided that this is how I will present all recipes going forward.. with a witty rhyming verse. Also, it would save me a ton of typing… so there's that!

gin swizzle recipe

To make this cocktail, you will need: Gin, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup (or you can combine the two and use Rose's Lime Cordial..), Angostura Bitters and Club Soda.

If you haven't heard of Rose's Lime Cordial, you can find it in most grocery stores here in Canada.. I'm not sure about the US but probably there as well. Alternatively, you can buy it below.. it's handy if you don't want to make simple syrup.

Also, you will need a super sweet glass like the one I've used in the pictures you see here. Otherwise, it (and you) won't look as good.

In all seriousness though.. it's a great drink and very easy to make. I've included the recipe below. Let me know if you've tried it and what you think. Feel free to tag me on Instagram (@mrkitchenmagpie) as well if you make one.. I'd love to see a pic.

Oh and don't forget to pin this picture below to your cocktail boards so others can try one of these. Let's bring the swizzle back to mainstream ok?

Juice of 1 lime 1 tsp simple syrup 2 oz club soda 2 oz dry Gin 2 dashes of bitters Directions: Combine ingredients and shake, pour over ice and add club soda.

Here's some other great cocktails to try while you are at it:

5 from 1 vote
gin swizzle recipe
Gin Swizzle Recipe
Prep Time
9 hrs 19 mins
Cook Time
9 hrs 19 mins
The Gin Swizzle is an elegant, light and deliciously refreshing Gin cocktail that dates as far back as the 1700's according to some.
Author: Mr. Kitchen Magpie
  • 1 1/2 oz  lime juice
  • 1/2 oz  simple syrup
  • 2 oz  gin
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 3 oz  club soda
  1. In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the lime juice, sugar, gin, and bitters. Shake well. Strain the mixture in the shaker into the glass and add the club soda. Add ice if desired.

I don't cook or bake but I do write. I'm the one who gets stuck with the cleaning. I ALSO love my kids, chocolate, my wife and bourbon. The order depends on when you ask. You can find me on Instagram@MrKitchenMagpie

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