The first version of a cocktail strainer was the Julep strainer produced in the mid 1800’s and at the time, was a multipurpose tool used to strain drinks and spoon ice or for culinary purposes. The Hawthorne Strainer followed closely when it first appeared in the late 19th century. There are several theories as to how the first strainer was given its name “Julep” strainer, since the most common juleps do not call for a strainer at all. Some would say that the strainer was placed on top of the julep cup to stop ice from touching the drinker’s teeth, or the liquid from wetting his moustache. Our selection includes classic julep strainers, strainers from our signature collections and both two and four prong Hawthorne strainers.