WHEN Monto's Grand Hotel bartender Yasmine Jensen put a slushy-type straw into the beverage of a customer, she had no idea she was starting a trend.
"We were out of the normal straws that we usually use and I found these slushy ones somewhere," she said.
"Before long, everyone wanted one and we are getting close to running out of them too."
Allan Miller was the first customer to try out the big straws, which are about three times the diameter of normal ones.
"It might be just a new straw but something little like this can spice up your life from what you normally do," he said.
"It feels kind of cool having a wider amount of liquid coming into your mouth at one time.
"I have been drinking beer through them.
"And the colours they come in are a bit different from usual too."
Bartender Scott Blythe said while patrons had enjoyed the novelty, there might also be a chance to cash in on the straws. "It's the first time we have ever done this," he said.
"They are really popular, there could be some profit in this."