How to Strain a Cocktail with a Hawthorne Strainer
Did you just shake a drink? Then it’s time to break out the Hawthorne strainer. Used to strain out ice, seeds, herbs and anything else that isn’t pure liquid, the Hawthorne can be ID’d by its signature wire spring, which coils around its outer edge.
Place the Hawthorne Strainer on the top of the tin.
Press the strainer firmly against the lip of the tin, so that it is “locked.” Locking the strainer in the tin is referred to among bartenders as “Closing the Gate.”
Hold the shaker tin in your hand while at the same time pressing firmly against the tab on top of the strainer with your index finger. This will keep the gate closed as you pour.
Pour your drink into your glass of choice. The Hawthorne strainer will prevent large ice cubes and most debris from going into your drink.