Chill a cocktail glass. Dry shake all ingredients first with no ice. Add ice cubes or large lumps to the shaker and shake again vigorously. Strain into the chilled glass. No garnish.
|Prep Time||2 minutes|
|Tags||1880-1919 (Golden Age)|
|Strength||1.5 standard drinks|
The Clover Club Cocktail originated at the Philadelphia men's club of that name in the early 20th Century. The cocktail grew to be wildly popular for a short time before Prohibition put a damper on the raspberry/gin party. It lingered on in the dusty pages of old cocktail books and in lists of ladies drinks (it is pink in color).
I have seen a mild comeback for this drink on craft cocktail bar menus, so things are looking up for Clover Club Cocktail after a long slumber. It's a solid cocktail that I would choose over a similarly colored Cosmopolitan.
The dry shake is used to thoroughly break up the egg white. And according to Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash you can use either lime or lemon juice for the acid in this drink. I slightly prefer lime juice so I have prescribed it in the recipe. Feel free to try lemon juice if you wish (or both).
I make my own single strength raspberry syrup - click on it for the recipe. If you got your syrup at the store you may need to tweak the quantity used to balance this cocktail (try backing off to 2 tsp for a double sweet 90 calorie/oz syrup).
One variation of a Clover Club Cocktail is a Clover Leaf. The only change is garnishing with a mint leaf (slap it first to release the oil).
Beefeater gin, lime juice, homemade raspberry syrup. 5/3/2010
Beefeater gin, lemon juice, homemade raspberry syrup. 5/3/2010