Swizzle sticks are making a comeback of sorts thanks to nostalgic shows like Mad Men. Forget the plastic straw sticks, the collectible stir sticks are becoming sought after by collectors. Many McDonald’s still carry the “M” sticks to stir coffee.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that swizzle sticks fell upon hard times. The rise of Jane Fonda workout videos and general health consciousness prompted a decline in cocktail consumption, bars and restaurants tightened their belts, and swizzle sticks practically disappeared. Remaining patrons were left with a flimsy red straw, hardly substantial enough to move the ice around their drink.