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Tea Strainer

Enhancing Cocktail Precision with a Tea Strainer

In the nuanced world of cocktail making, attention to detail can elevate a good drink into a great one. One such detail often overlooked is the use of a tea strainer. Though traditionally used for steeping tea, in a bar setting, a small tea strainer becomes essential for ensuring the utmost clarity and smoothness in a cocktail.

The Role of a Tea Strainer in Cocktail Making

Its fine mesh makes a tea strainer perfect for catching minute particles that larger bar strainers might miss. It’s especially useful when a cocktail involves fine pieces of ice, herbs, or fruit that can detract from the drinking experience. Here’s how it fits into the cocktail-straining process:

  1. Double Straining: This technique involves holding the tea strainer between the main bar strainer (Hawthorne or Julep) and the glass. The tea strainer catches any residual fine particles as the drink is poured.
  2. Enhanced Clarity and Texture: By removing even the smallest fragments, the tea strainer ensures a cocktail that’s visually appealing and pleasant in texture.
  3. Versatility: It’s particularly useful for both shaken and stirred cocktails that include muddled ingredients or are served ‘up’ (without ice in the glass).

Implementing the Tea Strainer in Cocktail Recipes

To showcase the effectiveness of a tea strainer in cocktail preparation, here are two recipes:

Whiskey Sour (Using Tea Strainer for Double Straining)


  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Egg white (optional)
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  1. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white (if using) in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. First, strain the mixture through a Hawthorne strainer.
  4. Then, pour it through a tea strainer into the glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Basil Gimlet (Using Tea Strainer for Muddled Ingredients)


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Ice
  • Basil sprig for garnish


  1. Muddle a few basil leaves with simple syrup in a shaker.
  2. Add gin, lime juice, and ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Double strain the drink into a chilled glass using a Hawthorne and a tea strainer.
  5. Garnish with a basil sprig.

Read more: In the equipment category, you can learn about the following bar tools and the recipes that can be prepared with them: atomizer, bar spoon, cold dripper, dehydrator, electric mixer, fine grater, ice pick and ice scoop, juicers, knife, lemon squeezer, measuring cup, mixing glass, muddler, shaker, strainer, tea strainer, tongs, and whipping siphon and soda siphon.


Adding a tea strainer to the cocktail-making arsenal is a testament to the meticulous craft of mixology. It’s a simple tool that makes a significant difference, ensuring each cocktail is as flawless in its presentation as in taste.


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