Clover club

In recipe on January 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

What a treat! Another fabulous guest post from Mad!

I found this recipe in the book Vintage Cocktails (a pretty fantastic Christmas present), and though it does require a bit more elbow grease than your standard drink, it is well worth the effort. It is delicious, and will make you feel fancy and important. The Wikipedia article has this to say of the Clover Club:

“… a drink that pre-dates Prohibition, and is named for the Philadelphia men’s club of the same name. It has a long history dating back to at least 1911, and was enjoyed by the captains of industry who were members of the famous club. In its heyday, the drink was described as being… a ‘distinguished patron of the oak-paneled lounge.'”

Think about it – that could be you sitting in that oak-paneled lounge, rubbing elbows with the captains of industry! This drink is not too tangy, not too sweet, and not too boozy. It’s just right.

The Clover Club

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 splashes of raspberry syrup (or grenadine)
  • 1 egg white
  1. Put all ingredients together in a shaker with a few ice cubes. Because you want to emulsify the egg white, you must shake this VERY well. Shake until your arms are throbbing… then shake some more. The longer you shake, the better it will be.
  2. Strain into your fanciest glass and then enjoy in your oak-paneled lounge! Or, you know, your living room, regardless of what type of panels you have.
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