Did you stir a cocktail? Grab the julep strainer! Almost elementary in function and design, a julep strainer resembles a large, slotted spoon. Originally, the julep strainer was used as a sort of faceguard when consuming Mint Juleps (hence the strainer’s name). A drinker would place the strainer on top of a Mint Julep and use it to hold back the crushed ice and mint. Now, though, it’s much more commonly used in conjunction with a mixing glass to strain stirred cocktails.