Clover Club (Lowe's recipe)

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Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Float raspberry in centre of drink

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1 fl oz Noilly Prat Extra Dry
1 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
3/4 fl oz Raspberry (framboise) sugar syrup
1/2 fl oz Pasteurised egg white (or aquafaba)
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Review:

Balanced and complex with a fruity blast of raspberry - made interesting due to its inclusion of vermouth.

Variant:

Clover Club (Difford's recipe)
Clover Club (Julie Reiner's recipe)
With a mint leaf garnish, this cocktail becomes a Clover Leaf.

History:

The Clover Club is eponymously named after a club founded in 1896 by a group of prominent Philadelphia journalists. From 1904, when the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel opened in the city centre, the club members met there regularly with its members expanding to include lawyers, bankers and prominent businessmen.

The Clover Club Cocktail appears in Paul E. Lowe's 1909 Drinks – How to Serve Them but with the lemon juice omitted from the recipe, although this is thought to be a transcription mistake. The cocktail does not feature in Lowe's earlier 1904 Drinks as they are Mixed but a toast from the club does feature in the book.

CLOVER CLUB'S TOAST.
Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and a happy one,
A good girl and a pretty one,
A cold bottle and another one.

Say, why did Time,
His glass sublime,
Fill up with sand unsightly,
When wine he knew
Runs brisker through
And sparkles far more brightly?

Paul E. Lowe, 1904

In his 1931 Old Waldorf Bar Days Albert Stevens Crockett credits the creation of this cocktail to the Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (where the club met). However, a 1901 reference to the cocktail by Michael Killackey, head bartender at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria, shows that the cocktail predates the 1904 opening of Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. Although its creator is unknown, Michael Killackey is thought to have played a key role in the cocktail being popularised at the Waldorf-Astoria from where it found its way into other New York City bars.

Nutrition:

One serving of Clover Club (Lowe's recipe) contains 182 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.1 standard drinks
  • 11.57% alc./vol. (23.14° proof)
  • 14.8 grams of pure alcohol
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