First off, let me say that I do not advocate taking shots through a Shot Straw. I advocate taking shots like a real man. However, if the memory of particularly rough night with Minnesotan twins, a ZZ Top fan club, and free-flowing 1-1/2 ounce pours on a catamaran in Cabo now activates your gag reflex every time the word "shot" is mentioned...or if you're a girl...then I can accept the introduction of a Shot Straw as a means of averting buzzkill status when someone buys a round.
The Shot Straw was invented for people who do not like the taste of shots but for some reason suck them down anyway. And then wince and pucker and hack about it like they just swallowed some live maggots. Taking the place of a standard shot glass, the Shot Straw tube sits filled inside a cup of chaser. Its valve system, which opens with the squeeze of 2 fingers, contains and then releases the alcohol for consumption. Once the valve is open, shot shooters can slurp up the liquor just as they would any other beverage with a straw. In addition to this inversion of the process, the main contribution the Shot Straw brings to the shot-taking experience is that whatever chaser has been selected to numb the burn of the hard stuff begins flowing through the Straw immediately after it. So palates are left with the flavor of something that pleases rather than offends them.
Shot Straws also lend themselves well to turning mixed drinks into shots. For a screwdriver, put the vodka in a Straw and the Straw in a glass of OJ. Or make a whiskey gingers from a rapid fire of Jack and Canada Dry. And if you want to be really resourceful and responsible, use a Shot Straw to help stomach unpleasant-tasting non-alcoholic liquids, such as wheat grass, medications, and the juice left in the bottom of a bag of raw chicken. Come on, Cornelius, I dare you!
Each Shot Straw is 7" long and 1" in diameter and holds 1.3 ounces of liquid.