A cocktail stick is a short cylindrical stick, made of wood, that has a somewhat sharp point on both ends. It is usually used as a skewer for holding decorations (such as cherries) in cocktails and also for serving food such as amuse-bouches at cocktail parties.
Ingestion of cocktail sticks, or fragments of them, has been known to cause injuries in several parts of the alimentary canal.
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