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Straw or no straw? Let's debate.
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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2005-01-31 11:51 am   Permalink

Pablus wrote:
Tiki Bree once said to me, "Girls like straws."

Argument over.

Finally a boy raised up right!!!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 02, 2005
Posts: 84
Posted: 2005-08-02 12:10 pm   Permalink

Straws are for frozen drinks, bowl drinks, drinks with overproof rum floats, and drinks that are so elaborately garnished you can't pick up the glass and drink out of it easily.

All other drinks are straw free.

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Traitor Vic
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Joined: Jan 02, 2003
Posts: 428
From: Greenville, SC
Posted: 2005-08-02 11:06 pm   Permalink

Every Mai-tai that I've ever been served at Trader Vic's, Atlanta, (and there have been a few of those) came with a full sized straw poking out of it. I tend to pull them out but hang on to them as the ice, when crushed properly (as, at TV's, it always is), tends to stick together and clump up in the glass if you don't just gulp the liquid contents. If you use ice crushed in a blender or a refrigerator door gizmo you're not getting ice that's fine enough to do that to begin with so it might not be a problem.
At home I use an electric Rival Ice-O-Matic and, so, serve mine with straws which I have shortened to about 4 inches. This puts your nose right into the mint. If yank it out it's good to hang on to (like I said).

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 14, 2005
Posts: 153
From: So Cal
Posted: 2005-08-04 8:31 pm   Permalink

I like straws. They make me feel as though I am sipping my cocktail daintily. Wouldn't want anyone to think I was enjoying it waaaaaaaaaay too much

Tonight, we will have a big feast. And then, at the end of the feast, we will climb to the top of the Big Woo, and you will jump in. Okay?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-08-05 01:50 am   Permalink

Apparently straws get you more intoxicated as you have a lower oxygen intake. You can even get glass port sippers with an inbuilt 'straw' to allow you to suck the booze from the bottom.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1287
From: Andover, England
Posted: 2005-08-05 02:41 am   Permalink

I always use Peppermint as a garnish in my Mai Tais, as the smell is sweeter than 'ordinary' mint. I use a straw (which is fine by me), otherwise the smell of the mint overpowers the drink. With a straw, the mix of smell and taste is perfect.


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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 02, 2005
Posts: 84
Posted: 2005-08-06 08:48 am   Permalink

Ooh, forgot one.

Another time straws are a good idea is when the drink is served in a tall glass packed with small ice. They keep the drink extra cold, sure, but without a straw it becomes more and more likely you'll end up with a faceful of ice as you tilt the glass to get those last drops from the bottom of the glass.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2005-08-06 08:58 am   Permalink

I almost always opt to use a straw for one simple, girly reason: my lipstick. Might sound silly to those who don't wear makeup, but I want my lipstick to last -- using a straw makes a big difference. Plus, lipstick can be a bear to wash off of glasses.

Even if I wasn't concerned about my lipstick, I'd probably opt for a straw for the ice-and-garnish-hitting-the-teeth-and-on-the-face reason. I don't like feeling like my drink is an obstacle course to be conquered.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2005-08-06 09:48 am   Permalink

I recently moved and after many hours of hauling, toting and unpacking I decided to treat myself to a mai tai. BTW, one of the first things unpacked was the five boxes of booze. I made my drink and then realized that my cocktail straws were still packed away somewhere! That was rough going, trying to suck the nectar through all that ice. I had ice packing on my eye teeth and getting in my mustache. My teeth got cold and I just couldn't get the desired flow of booze into my gullet. The next day I quickly found my straws and now all is well.

My general rule of thumb is: cubed ice = no straw; crushed or shaved ice = small cocktail straw; blended drink (Blue Hawaiian) = standard straw.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 29, 2002
Posts: 1794
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2005-08-06 5:30 pm   Permalink

Next question (or maybe this should be a new thread) concerning straw selection etiquette: when is it appropriate to serve a drink with a little skinny "squeaker straw", a regular size "flexistraw" or a mondo, big-ass "alaska pipeline" straw?

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Urban Tiki
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Joined: Aug 18, 2004
Posts: 529
From: The Tropical Isle of Manhattan
Posted: 2005-08-08 1:41 pm   Permalink

I prefer a rolled up 50 dollar bill. Wait, is this the eighties? I must have had a flashback. Never mind.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3293
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2006-04-20 4:09 pm   Permalink

bump on an interesting thread

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Tiki Fink
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Joined: Feb 21, 2006
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2006-04-20 8:52 pm   Permalink

The straw just pokes me in the eye unless I am wearing sunglasses. I say screw the straw and bring on them cool swizzle sticks.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 322
From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2006-04-21 05:46 am   Permalink


On 2005-01-31 09:29, iamsjn wrote:
I once drank a scorpion WITHOUT A STRAW! Hehehe. Should have seen the stares I got!

(Wasn't feeling too good afterwards though...)

You were not feeling good, and people were staring for the same reason. When you drink out of a volcano bowl with no straw, you light your hair on fire.

Just say no to self immolation.

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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-04-21 07:57 am   Permalink


On 2005-01-26 14:19, Hakalugi wrote:
The faster you drink it, the sooner you get another!


I think the straw should be considered a garnish. And, as a garnish it should be given all of the same attention to detail as the drink it is going to reside in. And, there is no reason why the straw can serve as the support structure for a really wild garnish! Take a large grape or cherry tomato and push the straw through it. Then poke the mint leaves into the fruit. Cut the straw so it is just a bit taller than the glass. Ta-da! Straw as garnish! Everyone is happy. And we all drink to be happy don't we?

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