Tips & Tricks: This is the Right Way to Strain a Cocktail


Do you know how to properly strain cocktails? Learn how with top bartender Brian Means from Dirty Habit as he demonstrates the proper technique at Rye in San Francisco. Check out the rest of our Tips & Tricks series here for videos on how to SHAKE, STIR, MUDDLE, and CHILL a glass like a pro.


Discussion (12)

  • amcn311 posted 2 months ago

    What drink is he making?? It looks great... the one he double strains.

  • dionjbrook.cbfca posted 6 months ago

    To the comment about why don't you use a Hawthorne strainer for both shaken and stirred cocktails, well you can but the designs are made for different purposes as a julep is designed to elevate ice and any potential fragments from the drink where as a Hawthorne is designed to keep out pulp and ice chunks hence the reason for a fine strainer, but on the other hand high end Hawthorne's will be able to do both to an extent and here lies the problem as the springs on the Hawthorne strainer catches pulp dependent on how well you clean your bar tools that is a substance we don't want in our perfectly stirred drink.

  • deenybean21 posted 1 year ago

    Is there a reason bartenders hold the fine strainer in such a way? Wouldn't it be easier (and look a little less pretentious) to hold the handle like you would do with, say, a saucepan?

  • atdillustration.7c7c posted 1 year ago

    Bjjnova, straining is important because ice floats to the top and melts. Then you or your geust's first or second sip will be a big watery mess. When you've curated fine spirits, hand squeezed juices and/or prepped a syrup or infusion, that's the last step to a fine cocktail. The amount of diluted water is as important as any other components in your drink.

  • mahancmc posted 1 year ago

    For gashrink.ce2aea: Thank you for your long service as a bartender. It makes me wonder why you aren't providing instruction to those less knowledgeable instead of clicking on links for information you already know! Just sayin' ...

  • Liquor.com posted 2 years ago

    Hi Lara: Are you referring to the patterned mixing glass? If so, that's a Yarai mixing glass: http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/yarai-mixing-glass

  • laraaustin posted 2 years ago

    What is the name of the glass you're using? I want one :-)

  • glasswench posted 2 years ago

    I shake cocktails for a crowd in a 32oz Mason jar. The Hawthorn strainer works perfectly as it fits the jar. Any straining of the ingredients is done before I do the shaking.

  • glasswench posted 2 years ago

    I shake cocktails for a crowd in a 32oz Mason jar. The Hawthorn strainer works perfectly as it fits the jar. Ant straining of the ingredients is done before I shake the cocktails.

  • gashrink.ce2aea posted 2 years ago

    Do we really need a video to review this? What's next--- how to wipe down a bar? How to put on a white shirt and vest? OK I didn't know the names of the 2 strainers but I kind of figured out how to use one ehen I first laid my eyes on one ---55 years ago


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