Bermuda drinks are typically enjoyed whenever there is a celebration of some sort. They can also be served up at restaurants, local watering spots or sunset cruises around the island. These sweet concoctions deliver a subtle doze of alcohol with each sip, however, be very careful because it won't take long before you begin to feel a buzz.
Bermuda Rum Swizzle is the official drink of the island. This tropical pretty cocktail goes down smooth on the rocks or room temperature. Most Bermuda weddings will serve this and depending on the master somelier it can be made very strong or mild with hues ranging from light orange to rust. In the olden days the traditional drink at weddings was mineral. Mineral is similiar to fountain soda it was locally made and it was generally sweeter than today's brand of soda pops. They came in many different colors, no doubt representing the various flavours. While at my wedding there was an array of drinks for guest, it was the rum swizzle that was most requested. The Swizzle Inn Restaurant named after this famous drink promotes this tropical drink all year round.
Blend all ingredients into a pitcher along with crushed ice. Mix vigorously until a frothing head appears.
Rum swizzle may be the official drink for visitor's to our shores but Bermuda's national drink has to be the Dark n Stormy. This is unique mixture of black rum and ginger beer give this drink a bold yet smooth taste that blends in well giving it's bronze hue, so much so it's hard not to have another.
This drink is so popular that it is sold at duty free shops within the L.F. Wade International Airport for departing travelers. You can purchase a case to take back home with you to enjoy with family and friends. Popular brands include Barritt's and Gosling's. Below is a homemade Bermudian recipe for those willing to experiment.
Wash, beat and boil green ginger. Mix all the above ingredients in a wooden keg. Boil 5 gallons of water. When the water has cooled off mix the ingredients with a 1/2 dry yeast and shake. Let it stand for one day before bottling.