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The Best Cocktail Strainers According to Drinks Pros

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Whether holding back ice or keeping errant herbs or fruit from a drink, bartenders rely on strainers to keep cocktails pristine and smooth.

While a strainer seems like a utilitarian tool—not quite as iconic as a cocktail shaker—it’s an important workhorse, to the point where many bar pros have favorites. Some even take pains to optimize their strainers, such as adding an extra coil for a more snug fit in a mixing glass or shaker.