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Swizzle stick

Swizzle stick

Swizzle sticks are small sticks placed in cocktails to hold fruit, or merely stir the drink. Commonly made of plastic, the swizzle portion of the swizzle stick name originated from the Caribbean cocktail, Rum Swizzle.

History

In 1933, Jay Sindler invented a swizzle stick with a spear-point on one end. Sindler, an engineer, was trying to get the olive out of his martini without using his fingers. Sindler was granted a patent on his swizzle stick in 1935.

Organizations often customize the paddles of swizzle sticks with corporate logos or other designs, making swizzle sticks popular with collectors.

Plastic swizzle sticks composed of two very thin tubes joined together are often used as a disposable means of stirring coffee in fast food establishments.

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