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Sunset Swizzle 1.000

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Spirits Aug 14, 2020

A vision in orange, this drink takes the bright tropical notes of passion fruit, rum and lime and gives them a little bittersweet kick of neon Aperol. Passion fruit syrup is available at some liquor stores and online (Small Hand Foods and BG Reynolds both make good versions), but if you can’t locate it, you can make your own (see NOTE).

Make Ahead: If making your own passion fruit syrup, it needs time to cool to room temperature before use.

Storage Notes: Homemade passion fruit syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce black blended rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce passion fruit syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Aperol
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 sprig fresh mint, for garnish (optional)


Combine the rums, lime juice, syrup and Aperol in a highball glass, then fill the glass three-quarters with crushed ice. Insert a swizzle stick or bar spoon into the drink and swizzle the drink, then top with more crushed ice to overfill the glass. Garnish with the mint, if using, and serve.

NOTE: To make passion fruit syrup, in a small saucepan over low heat, combine 1 cup commercial passion fruit juice (such as Ceres) with 2 tablespoons sugar, and heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook the syrup over low heat, stirring from time to time, until the volume decreases by about a third. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature; then transfer to an 8-ounce bottle with a cap and refrigerate until needed.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 270

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 19g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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