HISTORY – THE HAWTHORNE STRAINER



The 1894 issue of Iron Age extols the newly patented Hawthorne strainer to the public: "The strainer is designed to instantly fit any glass," and the coil, which does the bulk of the straining, can "be released in a moment, cleaned of any fruit seeds or shreds, and as readily replaced." Those two features of the tool marketed as a Hawthorne julep strainer drastically improved upon the more widely used version of a julep strainer. These days, Hawthorne, like Xerox or Kleenex, no longer refers specifically to the brand of drinks strainers, but rather to the style. Popularized by the strainers that Manning,