Most of us are used to seeing a plastic stir stick served with cocktails at the bar. While a plastic stir stick does the job, that doesn’t mean you can’t do better! Sugar cane sticks for mojitos are a long-time tradition that’s both eco-conscious and delicious.
What Are Swizzle Sticks and Sugar Cane Straws?
Swizzle sticks originated in the 18th century in the West Indies. At the time, actual sticks were used. However, swizzle sticks quickly became a staple in the Caribbean bar culture, adding a fun and functional garnish to beverages.
Today, sugar cane swizzle sticks are used instead of traditional wood swizzle sticks. A sugar cane swizzle stick can be added to any cocktail as a garnish with a hint of sweetness as you stir it in the glass.
Sugar cane straws are made using the same primary ingredient as swizzle sticks – sugar! As a result, these straws are a great alternative to traditional plastic straws. Unlike paper straws that get soggy after a few minutes, sugar cane straws are durable enough to use in multiple drinks.
You’ll get a similar hint of sugary flavor as you would with a swizzle stick, but you can drink out of it too!
A Mojito is one of the best beverages to add to your sugar cane swizzle stick or straw. A mojito has simple ingredients and bold flavors, so a little extra stirring and sweetness will only enhance the experience.
Sugar Cane Swizzle Sticks
Matchacinno Individually Wrapped 25 Rock Candy Sticks
This pack of swizzle sticks from Matchacinno can be purchased in amber or white. The sticks taste the same, so the color choice is up to your preference.
Each individually wrapped sugar cane swizzle stick is 4.75 inches long. Get the sticks moist in a fresh mojito and enjoy the sugar cane flavors that come out!
Place the swizzle sticks in a nice dish if you’re entertaining, and each guest can have their own swizzle experience. If you don’t want too much sweetness added to a cocktail, simply remove the stick and set it to the side once you’ve achieved the desired mixture.
Raw Sugar Cane Swizzle Sticks
This pack of 20 raw sugar cane swizzle sticks comes from sugar cane grown in Hawaii. The sticks are 100% pure and cut into 7-inch sticks.
These straws are not individually wrapped but can be used in any favorite beverage. From a classic mojito to a green smoothie, add a raw sugar cane swizzle stick for the perfect amount of natural, sweet flavor.
Simply freeze or refrigerate unused sticks to keep them fresh until the next use.
Sugar Cane Straws
200 Count 8 Inch Sugar Cane Straws
This 200-count pack of 8-inch sugar cane straws has plenty of straws for your next party! The straws are made of pure sugar cane. A light brown color looks natural and sleek enough to garnish beverages without harming your presentation.
The straws are suitable for both hot and cold drinks. You can rinse the straw between drinks and use it throughout the day! Each straw can biodegrade in just six months in an industrial compost plant or slightly longer in a home composter.
You can feel good knowing your straw won’t be sitting in a landfill or going into the ocean and harming the sea life!
EQUO 50 Count Biodegradable Sugar Cane Straws
EQUO has a smaller package of 50 sugar cane straws if you want to taste test before committing to 200 straws. These straws are made the same way and have the same natural brown coloring.
EQUO straws can be used in hot or cold drinks and reused for up to 1 day. These compostable, biodegradable sugar cane straws have a slight brown sugar aroma that will compliment your mojito, coffee, and even milkshakes for your kids!
Craft the Perfect Mojito
Mojitos have been around for a long time, and once you’ve mastered making one at home, you’ll understand why! A mojito is light, fresh, and easy to drink any time of year – whether it’s summer and you have the grill going or winter, and you’re cuddled by the fire for some heat.
You can find hundreds of mojito recipes online, but this recipe is our go-to guide to crafting the perfect mojito every time.
Start by filling a highball glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with demerara or simple syrup until aromatic. Add the rum and fresh lime juice, top with ice, and start shaking!
Strain into the prepared highball glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and your favorite sugar cane swizzle stick or straw. Stir the cocktail periodically while you drink to get the best combination of the rum, lime juice, and mint flavors.
- Fresh mint leaves
- Demerara or simple syrup
- White rum
- Fresh lime juice
- Club soda
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