A Hawthorne strainer is a bar tool that you will often see in use by professional and amateur bartenders alike. It’s usually used for solid ingredients like fruit, vegetables, and ice. There is an easily removed spring on the inside of the strainer that helps to keep bits of fruit pulp, shards of ice, and other unwanted particles from getting into the cocktail. The spring on the inside of the hawthorn strainer makes it easy to use without spilling anything over the side.
How does Hawthorne strainer work?
A Hawthorne strainer consists of a flat disc to which is affixed a coiled spring. The spring traps large chunks or slivers of ice and other solid ingredients, such as muddled fruit or mint leaves. Imbibers held the ice and mint back with the strainer while sipping the julep.
How to use a hawthorne strainer
After you have finished shaking a cocktail, you will need to strain it into your desired drinking vessel. If you are not using a Cobbler Shaker (which has a Hawthorne strainer built into the top portion of the set), you will need to use a Hawthorne Strainer.
How To Use Hawthorn Strainer Edition
The Hawthorn strainer is a little piece of barware that can really come in handy when it comes to cocktails. Follow the steps below and you’ll be straining cocktails like a pro in no time!
Add your ingredients to the shaker or mixing glass and shake your cocktail until all elements have combined nicely together.
Then take your Hawthorne Strainer and insert it into your Shaker so that the coil fits snuggly around the rim.
Strain your cocktail into your serving glass by securing the strainer and the tin with one hand and pressing the finger tab downwards with your index finger to nudge the strainer into position.
Gently hold the strainer over the glass and pour your cocktail into the serving glass and add any remaining ingredients including additional ice, or garnishes.
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