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Queen's Park Swizzle

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Last night for a cocktail I made an awesome drink called a Queen's Park Swizzle. This cocktail originated at the Queen's Park Hotel in Trinidad, although specifics around the date are vague. Regardless it is an amazing drink, especially for warm weather.

Combine in tall, 12-16 oz glass:
3 oz dark rum -- I used Plantation Barbados rum
1/2 oz lime
6-8 mint leaves roughly torn
1/2 oz demerra simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters.

In the bottom of the glass put the mint leaves, the lime juice and the simple syrup and muddle slightly to release the mint oils. Add the rum and with a swizzle stick mix the rum/lime/sugar/mint mixture for at least 30 seconds. Pour in about a cup of shaved or very finely cracked ice and swizzle between your palms until the glass frosts.

Top it off with the bitters which will result in a slightly layered drink, rum/mint on the bottom, ice in the middle and a layer of bitters on the top. Garnish with a lime slice and a big spring of mint.

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