swizzle

noun
swiz·​zle | \ ˈswi-zəl How to pronounce swizzle (audio) \

Definition of swizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an iced cocktail stirred with a swizzle stick

swizzle

verb
swizzled; swizzling\ ˈswi-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce swizzling (audio) , ˈswiz-​liŋ \

Definition of swizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drink especially to excess : guzzle

transitive verb

: to mix or stir with or as if with a swizzle stick

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Verb

swizzler \ ˈswi-​zə-​lər How to pronounce swizzler (audio) , ˈswiz-​lər \ noun

Examples of swizzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The island’s oldest known pub claims to have invented Bermuda’s signature drink, the rum swizzle, which is made with Gosling’s rum, Triple sec, bitters and fruit juices. Kelly Vaughan, courant.com, "Bermuda i n 72 hours: Yes, really," 17 Sep. 2019 These fluffy, oblong pastries are made with the most perfect not-too-sweet choux dough, filled with cream, then drizzled with chocolate and a swizzle of icing. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "French pastries! The Bay Area’s 5 best eclairs," 9 July 2019 Near the entrance to the beach there’s a bar and café called Rum Bum Beach Bar that also offers beach rentals—umbrellas, chaises, snorkeling gear, boogie boards—as well as, of course, rum swizzles and dark ’n stormies, Bermuda’s two primary exports. Katherine Cusumano, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Beaches in Bermuda," 29 May 2019 This iconic creamery located near the airport has many flavors, but nothing looks better on Instagram against the store’s teal walls than a scoop of rum swizzle or dark and stormy ice cream. Lyndsey Matthews, ELLE Decor, "Bermuda is the Ultimate Destination for Those Obsessed with the Color Pink," 12 June 2018 Bailey’s Ice Cream This iconic creamery located near the airport has many flavors, but nothing looks better on Instagram against the store’s teal walls than a scoop of rum swizzle or dark and stormy ice cream. Lyndsey Matthews, ELLE Decor, "Bermuda is the Ultimate Destination for Those Obsessed with the Color Pink," 12 June 2018 Fill with crushed ice, swizzle with bar spoon for five seconds. azcentral, "6 mint (and other) julep recipes for the Kentucky Derby," 4 May 2018 The name, however, is derived from the way the cocktail is stirred– with a traditional Caribbean swizzle stick. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene," 17 Aug. 2017 Swizzles are the ideal summer drink — packed with ice, booze and a splash of Angostura bitters (concentrated alcohol infused with herbs, spices and other ingredients). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida cocktails to sip on this summer," 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Loads of mixology classes have popped up around town recently to teach home bartenders how to properly stir, shake and swizzle. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Stir, shake, swizzle like the pros to create cocktails at home. There's a class for that," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of swizzle

Noun

1813, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1820, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for swizzle

Noun

origin unknown

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The first known use of swizzle was in 1813

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“Swizzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swizzle. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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