The 7 Best Cocktail Strainers for Home Bartenders

Cocktail Strainers
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A cocktail strainer is a type of strainer that is used to filter out pieces of ice and other solid matter from cocktails before they are served.

Cocktail strainers are usually made of stainless steel metal and has holes that are large enough to let liquid pass through but small enough to filter out solid particles.

We think that cocktail strainers are a must-have for bartenders and home bartenders.

Cocktail Strainer

Cocktail Strainer Types

There are two types of cocktail strainers:

Julep Strainer

A julep strainer is a stainless steel perforated bowl-shaped tool with a handle used to separate the solid particles from liquid mixtures.

The julep strainer size is usually 6-7 inches long (including the handle) and 3-4 inches wide.

How To Use A Julep Strainer

In order to use a julep strainer, you will need to:

1. Fill a mixing glass with your favorite cocktail ingredients and ice cubes, and mix.

2. Place the julep strainer face down on top of the mixing glass. Next, hold the glass and support the julep strainer using your index finger and strain the cocktail.

Julep Strainer

Hawthorne Strainer

Hawthorne Strainer is a tool with a coiled wire filter that is used to filter out particles from the liquid.

The Hawthorne strainer size is usually 6-7 inches long and 3-5 inches wide.

How To Use A Hawthorne Strainer

Here the technique is quite similar:

  1. Place the Hawthorne Strainer over the top of the mixing glass whose contents you want to strain.

  2. Push the “tab” down to close the gap between the strainer and the glass, to prevent unwanted ingredients from draining into the drink, and then strain.

Hawthorne Strainer

Cocktail Kingdom Koriko 2-Prong

The Koriko 2-Prong Hawthorne Strainer is made of 18/8 stainless steel for frequent use with a tight coil.

It can fit standard and large mixing glasses, and basically designed to make straining cocktails easy.

Barfly Scalloped Julep Cocktail Strainer

This julep strainer is made of a durability stainless steel and can easily strain ice and other solids from your cocktail mix. The strainer dimensions are 7 inches length x 2.88 inches width x 0.88 inches height, and It can fits to most mixing glasses. Some people say its easy to clean.

Viski Stainless Steel Mesh Cone Strainer

This is a professional-grade stainless steel mesh cone strainer and it can fit standard and large mixing glasses. We think that with this cocktail strainer you will be able to strain a drink in a single pour. The item dimensions are 9.25 x 3.75 x 2 inches.

OXO Cocktail Strainer

This Hawthorne Strainer is made from a durable stainless steel. It has a soft non-slip finger rest that will allow you to close the gap between the strainer and the glass by push. It has a short handle that allows easy storage, and its also dishwasher safe. The item dimensions are 7.8 x 4.4 x 1.4 inches.

Homestia Star Pattern Bar Strainer

This golden Hawthorne Strainer is made from 304 food-grade stainless steel and comes with a star pattern on the strainer’s body. This strainer is not dishwasher safe. It comes with 4 colors to choose from: gold, rose gold, metal black and silver.

Barfly Heavy Duty Spring Bar Strainer

This Hawthorne strainer is made from a durability heavy gauge stainless steel. The weight of this item is 113 gram and its dimensions are 6 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches.

The Art of Craft Julep Strainer

This Julep Strainer is made from 304ss durable stainless steel and is rust resistant. It has an advantage over the other cocktail strainers – it has a bent handle design that allows it to “rest” on the edge of the glass. It’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe. The item dimensions are 7 x 3 x 1 inches