Now that we’ve gotten the introductory stuff out of the way , how about we get down to some tiki-related business?
Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE swizzle sticks. I have people who ask what possesses me to collect something that came out of someone’s drinking glass. Perhaps to them it’s nothing more than an insignificant piece of plastic, but for me, each one is a little piece of history. Each one invites me to explore a place that, more often than not, no longer exists, but has a great back story.
Take, for example, this swizzle I got in a bulk buy a few years back. I wasn’t into tiki back then, so it didn’t stand out to me. Years later, reading a post on Critiki triggered my memory, and I went digging for it in my swizzle collection. It is from Ports O’ Call, one of the more famous of Dallas’ defunct tiki establishments from the sixties.
For anyone wanting a bit of information about Ports O’ Call, check out this post on TikiCentral. The Sheraton hotel it once called home is still here in Dallas.
My swizzle collection has been fed very generously by many of the tiki bars I have visited who offer them. I enjoy reusing them in the drinks I make at home, and I love thinking back to great memories when I see them again. This makes them the more special of all the swizzles I own.
I also would love to do tiki swizzle trades, when my collection is a bit more robust. Although recently, I traded one lovely lady in Long Beach a Mai Kai swizzle (pictured above) for a Ventiki one. Everyone wins !
What about all of you? Do you have any favorite or treasured swizzles?