How to Stir & Strain

Learn the proper way to stir and strain a cocktail. This technique chills the cocktail while preserving its clarity. But before you start stirring and straining, you’ll need the proper tools. Choose the right bar spoon—it can be a straight lined, twisted or a longer decorative spoon. Then, choose a strainer. Either a Hawthorne strainer or a Julep one will work great.

  1. Combine the cocktail ingredients and ice in a mixing glass.
  2. Press the back of a stirring spoon against the edge of the glass until the ingredients are combined and slightly diluted.
  3. Place a strainer over the mixing glass, holding it in place with your index finger.
  4. Pour into a glass for serving.
  5. Enjoy!

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