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Bacon Swizzle Sticks

[Photograph: Marcia Simmons]

Bacon swizzle sticks are garnish, tool, and, snack all in one. The spiraled strip of bacon pretties up your drink, it's strong enough to stir with, and it tastes good. Though Bloody Marys are the natural match for bacon swizzle sticks, you can also try them with other spicy or savory cocktails—or even with hot chocolate.

Notes: You can use any type of bacon as long as it is cut very thick. Thin bacon will be harder to remove from the skewers, will not hold shape as well, and will not stand as stiffly in a drink. Both wood and metal skewers will work. However, the metal ones will take extra caution since they will get much hotter in the oven.

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