One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mixed alcoholic drink, especially a frothy one of rum or gin and bitters.‘a rum swizzle’
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- ‘The concierge thrust a rum swizzle at me as the calypso band struck up a bright number.’
- ‘They are giddy with jetlag and an unspecified number of rum swizzles (an evening ritual) from the Yankee Clipper.’
Stir (a drink) with a swizzle stick.‘he would swizzle it into a froth and pour it out for us’
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- ‘Pour on the vodka, the raspberry liqueur, then the juice, then the soda. Swizzle it all with a swizzle stick and you're good to go.’
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
- another term for swizz
- ‘To me this seemed a bit of a swizzle.’
Early 20th century: probably an alteration of swindle.
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