Part of speech: verb
Origin: Unknown, 19th century
Stir (a drink) with a swizzle stick.
Examples of Swizzle in a sentence
"The bartender didn’t mix the drinks, but left patrons to swizzle their beverages themselves."
"Ernestine has a habit of swizzling her drink while she talks."
Popularity Over Time
The exact source of “swizzle” is unknown, though it may be a variation on the U.S. English word “switchel,” describing a sweetened beverage.
Did you Know?
The verb “swizzle” began its life in the early 19th century as a noun describing cocktails (and sometimes as a general term for alcoholic beverages as a class, similar to “booze”). In particular, “swizzle” was a popular term for a frothy mixed drink that required stirring, from which the verb “to swizzle” was coined in the late 19th century. Until the mid-19th century, “to swizzle” also meant “to drink excessively.” Though the root of “swizzle” is unknown, many believe it is related to the American word “switchel,” describing a vinegar-water beverage sweetened with molasses or honey.