Padang Swizzle

Zac Overman, Fort Defiance | Brooklyn, NY

Named for the capital of West Sumatra, Indonesia, Zac Overman’s Padang Swizzle plays with traditional tiki flavors, but adds a European twist. Rum, grapefruit, lime and cinnamon—tiki staples—mingle together with smokey Scotch and rich, dry amontillado sherry underscore the spicy, tropical qualities of a classic Rum Swizzle and make it a tiki drink suitable for any season.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces amontillado sherry (preferably Lustau Los Arcos)
  • 1/2 ounce aged rum (preferably English Harbour 5 year)
  • 1/4 ounce Scotch, Islay (preferably Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single Malt)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce cinnamon syrup (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: smoking cinnamon stick and a lime wheel

  1. Add all ingredients to a pilsner or Collins glass.
  2. Add crushed ice and swizzle using a swizzle stick or bar spoon.
  3. Add more crushed ice, and garnish with a smoking cinnamon stick (carefully light using a match or lighter) speared through with a lime wheel.
  4. Be sure to extinguish cinnamon stick before attempting to take a sip of your swizzle.
Editor's Note

To make cinnamon syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat with a 2-inch piece of cinnamon bark for 5 minutes. Let stand overnight and then strain. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.