Straws are handy little chaps for checking the balance of a cocktail before pouring and serving it. Not, as some would believe, a way for the bartender to pinch a bit of your cocktail.
Straws come in many different shapes, sizes, and colours. Personally I prefer a lovely clear straw but to each his own. I would steer clear of straws that have more than one bend and are fluorescent, but again this is just personal preference. Incidentally, martini glasses are specifically designed to reject straws; watch what happens when you place a straw into a full martini glass. This is just plain wrong.
Garnishes should always be placed where the drink meets the straw, allowing for the bouquet of the garnish to be appreciated when you lean in and take a sip.
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Belvedere Vodka is a quality choice. Drinking responsibly is too.