What's the best hawthorne strainer?
It seems like Oxo seems to be a popular choice, but I seem to remember that Imbibe chose something else for their favorite hawthorn strainer?
The Bonzer one is rather nice. I'd put the WMF and the Oxo right after that (of the two, OXO is much better priced and WMF is more attractive), and fourth are the cheap $4-5 ones which are rather functional.
The only one I can deter you from is the Ubertools one which is very expensive and poorly weighted.
Rosle makes one that is also rather pricey. Never really handled it but their other stuff is stylish and functional.
The only complaint I've heard about the OXO is that the spring isn 't great. Some bartenders (like at Drink here in Boston) double spring it by putting a larger spring off of a cheap Hawthorne over the OXO one. Keeps ice shards out better and makes a better seal on the Boston shaker tin.
Overall, I like the Rosle brand- you touch their stuff and you can feel that quality. But, in that Imbibe article, even though I can't remember their winner I do remember that they weren't fans of Rosle hawthorne strainer. I specifically remember that because I saw Rosle strainers on sale and was thinking about getting it till I read that Imbibe article.
You can buy the silverplated strainer from Ercuis' "Saturne" line for only $239 (tax and shipping extra), but it doesn't seem to be much different from the ones that are $1.50 -- buy two.
I've never used a strainer, always just strained ice with my boston shaker. But the other day I was trying to make Juleps and lots of bits of mint got into the drink, so I guess I'll need a Julep strainer if I'm going to try those again.