Cocktail picks are short sticks, usually made of wood or metal. It’s used to hold food decorations such as cocktail garnishes or candy flowers. There are cocktail picks designed to garnish themselves like flags, umbrellas, or decorative.
Flag toothpicks were mainly used for burgers or sandwiches, while umbrella toothpicks are used for tiki cocktails. Other inedible garnishes are sparklers, twisted straws, fire, and plastic swords, and they serve no purpose other than being aesthetically pleasing.
Wooden Vs. Metal Cocktail Picks
Wooden cocktail picks are not reusable. Their absorbent material soaks up any moisture, which can be unsanitary if you try to reuse it.
Metal cocktail picks are made out of stainless steel, which is corrosion and oxidation-resistant. This makes them reusable, and most have a unique design that people may find cool enough for social media, which can give your bar more publicity.
Metal cocktail picks are more expensive than wooden picks since they’re harder to make. You can buy wooden cocktail picks in bulk for a low price. Your expenses will depend on how often you buy them.
Since metal is more expensive, you have to worry about losing them during your bar shift. Some customers may assume that the picks are for them since they bought the drink and may take it home as a souvenir.
Wooden cocktail picks do not affect the temperature of your drink. They have a low thermal conductivity which makes them perfect as a cocktail pick. Metal cocktail picks have a strong thermal conductivity, and they can help keep your drink cold for longer.
Metal cocktail picks are reusable. Their stainless steel material can make them last for a long time. On the other hand, wooden cocktail picks are biodegradable. They’re made of organic material, which can be disposed of safely.