Cocktail time

Mr Snail and I have a favourite pub where we go to for dinner and sometimes for breakfast. A few months ago, however, we were browsing the cocktails menu (like you do) and discovered one that we’d both really like to try. There were two problems, however. First it was breakfast time, so it was a bit early in the day. Second, the particular cocktail in question has got lots of crushed ice in it and really needs to be drunk through a straw. Neither of us want to be responsible for adding to the mountain of unrecyclable plastic of which drinking straws are one component.

Our desire for cocktails isn’t constant and so it was only after new year that I remembered. A little bit of a search and I found a small company on etsy selling these lovely things, complete with carrying bag and cleaning brush:

They are now residing in my handbag, ready for use. We just need to a sunny day, so we can stroll down and enjoy our drinks… plastic-free and without the need to drive afterwards!

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  1. Laurie Graves

     /  January 11, 2018

    Great idea! I love cocktails, and I wish I could join you. 😉 Be sure to provide pictures when you have those cocktails.

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  2. Interesting.

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  3. Those remind me of the sterling silver ones that someone gave us at a wedding decades ago, which might be worth carrying around in case of milkshakes or, much more rarely, cocktails…thanks for the reminder!

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  4. What are the straws made of? I bought some bamboo straws as my daughter likes to use a straw. Unfortunately, she can’t get used to the taste they leave in your mouth.

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  5. What a good idea, Didn’t straws used to be made of paper, I wonder if they will make them again?

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  6. I hope you get your cocktails soon!

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  7. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  January 11, 2018

    Great idea, and yes you can still get paper straws too.

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  8. I have to admire your dedication to this particular cocktail! You’ll have to let us know if they get very cold from icy drinks – it’d be dreadful to have a Dumb & Dumber moment with a straw frozen to your lips! I do like the elegant design and the slender pouch they come in, too.

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  9. You really are quite amazing. I admire your efforts on behalf of the environment.

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    • It’s really just a case of doing one thing at a time… and then after a few years you have a whole suite of things that are just ‘normal’, but having a real positive effect.

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      • You’ve given me a whole new perspective on straws. I even thought of you when we were sipping our drinks in Mexico. Today I bought a set of silicon straws that came with a little brush for cleaning. I don’t generally use them at home, but if you get a drink out, or if you’re driving, they’re helpful.

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  10. Bottoms up and gesondheid 🙂

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  11. Oooh, what a good idea! My favourite Dublin burger place does a great chocolate milkshake, but it always arrives with a big ol’plastic straw stuck in it. These are just what I need! Hope you get to enjoy your Stormy Harbours soon!

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  12. My mum bought me some paper straws a couple of years ago. I liked the fact that they weren’t plastic, but you had to drink quickly or they went all soggy in your mouth. Not ideal! These look like a much better alternative 🙂 are they sturdy or would carrying them round in my bag end up squashing them flat?

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  13. Such a cool solution to a problem! I think it’s very nice they come with that spiffy cleaning brush, too!

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  14. Great idea – thanks for the link.

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  15. Very pretty design on those straws too!

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  16. That is a great idea! I’ve never seen it before!

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  17. Great idea. It’s all soo new to me

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