If your choice of shaker or mixing vessel doesn’t come with a lid that can be used as a strainer, then check out the list of options below.
Do You Need To Fine Strain?
If you’ve shaken your drink with solid ingredients such as berries or soft herbs, you will probably want to strain your drink twice.
Use one of the strainers from the list below to hold back ice and any larger pieces of debris. At the same time, in your other hand, hold a fine strainer above your serving glass so that your drink passes through it, removing any unsightly bits.
Fine Strainer Ideas
Ideally use a tea strainer. No tea strainer? Any size sieve will do! (Just might look a bit weird…)
Things to strain with
Serving Spoon or Fork
Find the spoon or fork that best fits the shaker or mixing jug you ended up using. Slotted spoons are the ultimate prize. Remember, the aim of the game here is to hold the ice, and any solid ingredients back, as you pour your cocktail into your serving glass.
As with spoons, slotted varieties are the best. Try and find one that is appropriate to the size of the shaker or mixing jug you used.
Still stuck? A saucer or small plate can be used. Allow a narrow gap between the rim of the shaker or mixing jug and the edge of the saucer or plate, to let the cocktail pour out.