So, we’ve covered a few essential tools so far, but none it would seem is more essential than a good strainer. Arguably, the title could go to the shaker, but since the number of cocktails requiring straining outweighs those requiring shaking my money is on the strainer. So, enough rambling. What exactly do I look for in a strainer?
I look for some that will first strain well. Second, the strainer should be easy to use, comfortable to hold and be usable without having to look at it. Finally the strainer should look good. So, how does the Oxo strainer fair? Quite well in my opinion. The spring strainer is not too loose as to allow large chunks of ice through, but not too small as to stop the flow of the beverage. Oxo steers clear of the norm where ergonomics and handle design are concerned though. The handle is a short “flap” of steel rather than the tubular handle found on most. This is not at all a deterant though. For one it makes the strainer more compact and easier to store and it also makes it much easier to clean. Situated on top is a rubber finger rest that is nicely positioned to make holding the strainer on your mixing glass a breeze.
Finally, the looks. I love ‘em. It’s sleek and modern, blends well with their other products, yet is immediately recognizable as a cocktail strainer. The overall verdict? Extremely favorable. I would recommend this strainer to anyone looking for a great addition to their cocktail tool collection. And for $6 the price is right.
Oxo SteeL Cocktail Strainer [Referrer Link]