The cocktail strainer, also called a "strainer", is one of the essential utensils for both professional and amateur bartenders. It is mainly used to filter the ice cubes used to cool the mixture in the shaker (or in the mixing glass) before serving it.
It is also of capital importance for eliminating excess pulp or pieces of fruit in order to obtain homogeneous and pleasant to taste beverages. The strainer is placed on top of the mixing glass or shaker and is held by its handle while pouring the mixture into the presentation glass.
Cocktail strainers: Fine, Julep, Hawthorne…
They come in different models that can be used by professionals in trendy bars and by novices alike.
The famous Hawthorne surrounded by a spring allowing it to adapt to all shakers is the one favored by bartenders. It may or may not have branches (2 or 4) making it easier to hold on the edge of the timpani of a Boston or Continental Shaker. Its classically round holes can also take different original shapes (elongated, particular design, etc.).
The Julep which looks like a skimmer but with a much shorter handle. It is also available in a Twisted version with an original design. On this model, the classic handle is ergonomically folded to make its use even more comfortable.
The Fine , generally conical in shape and with fine mesh, strongly resembles that used for straining tea. It ensures perfect filtering of the mixture to be served.
Cocktail strainers: materials
Bartender strainers are generally made of stainless steel (430 stainless steel), a durable and easy to clean food grade stainless steel. They can also be plated (silver, gold, copper, bronze, rose gold, etc.) or made of different elegant materials (black satin plastic, etc.).
To avoid damaging the exterior coating of the plated strainers, it is recommended not to place them in the dishwasher.
All you have to do is choose the cocktail strainer that best suits your needs and fits your budget.