- a tall drink, originating in Barbados, composed of full-flavored West Indian rum, lime juice, crushed ice, and sugar: typically served with a swizzle stick.
- to agitate (a beverage) with a swizzle stick.
- to gulp down; guzzle.
Origin of swizzle
Examples from the Web for swizzle
Historical Examples of swizzle
If enny one tries to swizzle me out of it I'm goin' to swizzle back, an' you can lay to that.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn
McGlade slowly and deliberately drank the last of his swizzle.The Shadow
In the sparkling “swizzle” was an infusion of the baneful Savannah flower.The Maroon
At the worst of the storm there is neither Heaven nor Earth, but only a swizzle into which a man may be brewed.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
Not fizz at all, but that old brewing of honey—mead—metheglin—old Saxon swizzle.Sir Hilton's Sin
George Manville Fenn
- US an unshaken cocktail
- an alcoholic drink containing gin or rum
- British informal a swiz
- (tr) to stir a swizzle stick in (a drink)
- British informal to swindle; cheat
Word Origin for swizzle
1813, name for various kinds of liquor drinks, or for intoxicating drinks generally, possibly a variant of switchel "a drink of molasses and water" (often mixed with rum), first attested 1790, of uncertain origin. Swizzle-stick attested by 1859.