The Clover Club Cocktail

July 13, 2012 11:58 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
Clover Club Cocktail
The Clover Club Cocktail (Photo: Creative Commons)

Let's take a nice moment to go through the history of The Clover Club Cocktail, one of the classics that takes up space in the annals of liquor history-- or at least, The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book. The team that put that tome together claims that the cocktail was first created at the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia, a booming hot-spot for the "literary,legal, financial, and business lights of the Quaker City." But that was the 1800's, and this is now. And while the book recommends raspberry syrup, most bartenders don't have access to that. Grenadine will suffice.

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1. Choose your gin.

I like Plymouth for this, but any ole gin will do. You can even use a cheap brand if you want-- but if you are, make sure you're using raspberry syrup and not a substitute. It'll give the cheap gin a touch of class it's sorely lacking.

2. Mix your ingredients.

Combine 8 parts gin, 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts raspberry syrup, one egg white, and one tablespoon of good sugar. Shake it up as hard and long as you possibly can, to ensure that the egg and sugar mix.


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