August 22, 2022

Ask a Mixologist: Taylor MacPherson Shares The Secret To Making Lot Six’s Swizzle Cocktails

Recipe: Taylor MacPherson

Taylor MacPherson of Halifax’s Lot Six shares the secret to the restaurant’s Swizzle cocktails.

Q: At Lot Six in Halifax, I always see bartenders making fabulous looking tall drinks in bright colors. Can you find out what they are and how to make them? — Sean, Halifax

A: Over the years at Lot Six, there have been a few different Swizzles — a cocktail named after the swizzle stick — but they all have one thing in common: the unique method used to mix the ingredients. The swizzle stick is inserted down through the ice, then it’s spun by rubbing your hands together around the stick. Not only does this mix the drink, but it releases flavour from the fresh herbs. The green version, with cucumber, lime and sage, is one of the restaurant’s most popular. “It’s an incredibly refreshing summer cocktail,” says Taylor.

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  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. cucumber juice
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts granulated white sugar and water, boiled and cooled)
  • 4–6 sprigs sage


Yield: Makes one cocktail

Make Cocktail

  1. In tall Collins-style glass, add all ingredients over pebbled ice.
  2. Insert swizzle stick down through ice. Spin swizzle stick by rubbing your hands together around stick. (Move your hands back and forth as if trying to warm up!) This mixes the cocktail, releases flavor from the sage and dilutes it slightly in the ice. Enjoy!
Author: Alexandra Whyte

Jeff Cooke, Cooked Photography (Taylor's portrait)/Jessica Emin (cocktails)