Details: The swizzle stick is a part of Caribbean bars’ infrastructure and is as fun to use as they are to say three times fast. The original swizzle sticks were literal sticks broken off the Quararibea turbinate, an evergreen tree particularly popular in the southern Caribbean islands. These branches sprouted off little arms in several directions at the end, which could be cut down to fit various glasses. Swizzle sticks are also known as bois lélé. Though you can still find wooden swizzle sticks, some metal and plastic varieties are also available.
Crush dry, cubed ice (or use an ice machine, in a pinch) and fill the serving glass about halfway. Typical glassware is either a Collins or Sling glass, but there are specific-use Swizzle cups available as well for a more dramatic presentation. Build your cocktail in the glass, then submerge the swizzle stick in the ice. With the shaft between both hands, spin the stick by moving your hands back and forth as though you’re trying to start a fire. Once the drink starts frothing, fill the glass with more ice and swizzle again. Over the course of this process, the glass should begin to frost over.
Note: This is a natural product so each is unique and may vary slightly from the photo.