Le bois lélé originates in Martinique, though the white-flowering tree from which they’re made can be found throughout the Eastern Caribbean. You may know the tree by its more common nickname, the swizzle stick tree, but we’re kicking up the fancy factor, remember?
Anyway, Martinican locals have been whittling the sticks from bois lélé tree twigs and using them to mix cocktails for generations. Lately, though, the sticks have become rather trendy, drawing attention from some of the fancy pants bars in New York City. Clearly, le bois lélé isn’t your ordinary swizzle stick. Not only does it work really well, but it’s also another wonderful expression of Martinique’s rich cultural history and the strong role rhum plays in the island's heritage.
Mixing a Ti’Punch with a spoon just doesn’t cut it. If you really want to get the full Martinique experience, you’ll need to employ le bois lélé.