Swizzles & stirrers a unique collection
May 01, 2018 3:09 AM
by Sheldon Smith
Swizzle sticks! Stir! Stir! Stir!
I hope Mr. Bond will forgive my play on his words in the casino bar. Whether the drinks they adorned were shaken or stirred, I will use the terms “swizzle stick” and “stirrer” interchangeably.
For some of these, really, it’s hard to believe they were used as swizzle sticks/stirrers. There are essentially four different swizzle stick designs.
First – the glamorous, over-the-top designs you don’t see anywhere anymore and, if you can find one, you can’t believe they were ever served in a drink!
Second – the extremely common straight-as-an-arrow slim rods of plastic with the names of the casino embedded on the swizzle stick/stirrer.
Third – the very unique glass swizzle sticks of long ago. Hard to believe they actually inserted these glass rods into drinks… what if they broke? But, “back in the day,” that’s what was common. These are among the most highly collectible because of their rarity.
Fourth – what is used nowadays, the very common plastic stirrer for which I won’t even bother showing a picture. It seems we have streamlined and reduced everything we possibly can.
Now, when I go to a restaurant or a bar and they do use a swizzle stick/stirrer with some sort of character or design, I am really impressed and in some disbelief that they are going against the tides of time. So, I enjoy my drink even more and take my stirrer home as a future collectible.
Next month, we will delve into the upcoming casino collectible show at the South Point Casino, June 21-23, 2018. Trust me, it’s worth the trip!