Gin Swizzle Recipe

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

a glass of Gin Swizzle garnish with a slice of lime
Gin Swizzle

How to Make a Gin Swizzle

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.


  • 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.
  2. Strain the mixture in the shaker into the glass and add the
    club soda. Add ice if desired.

close up glass of Gin Swizzle with ice and slice of lime for garnishing

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!   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?


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

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Gin Swizzle Recipe

The Gin Swizzle is an elegant, light and deliciously refreshing Gin, lime and club soda cocktail that dates as far back as the 1700's according to some.
5 from 4 votes
gin swizzle recipe
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 3 ounces club soda


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is easily doubled - or tripled! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 179kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 49mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin C: 12.8mg, Iron: 0.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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