Swizzle sticks make us look sophisticated and chic while drinking, don’t you agree? Today, these pop-culture icons are emerging as amusing and cherished collectibles. The swizzle stick’s origin can be traced to its first appearance on sugar plantations in the West Indies around the 1600s as a small branch used to stir a refreshing rum elixir called “Switchel.”

Queen Victoria was known to use a stirring rod to chase bubbles out of her Champagne, quietly avoiding any embarrassment from those pesky fizzy gasses.

Though cocktails’ popularity waned in the 1970s, with the American wine explosion of the era, mixed drinks have stormed back in the past 10 years.

From wedding-ready personalized stirrers to light-up swizzles, these accessories are, at just pennies a piece; and become affordable promo tools for many businesses, and furthermore, let’s face it: they look adorable.

They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and themes and they have an amazing history behind them. You don’t need to know it, just sit back, relax and mix your drink this weekend!

Yes foodies… you too deserve a break.