Today in #CocktailCulture the history of the “Clover Club”.
Made by @kingbudah At @lurefishbar
The Clover Club Cocktail is a drink that pre-dates Prohibition, and is named for the Philadelphia men’s club of the same name, which met in the Bellevue-Stratford hotel. The Clover Club itself dates to 1896, as seen in the 1897 book, The Clover Club of Philadelphia, page 172 by Mary R. Deacon. Brooklyn’s Clover Club restaurant claims that the Philadelphia men’s club dates to 1882 and lasted until “the 1920s.”
Published recipes for the Clover Club drink appear as early as 1917:
Robert Hess claims “It has a long history dating back to at least 1910, and was enjoyed by the captains of industry who were members of the famous club. “In its heyday, the drink was described by Jack Townsend as being enjoyed by the pre-prohibition gentleman who would have fit in with those of the club, and was a “Distinguished patron of the oak-paneled lounge.”
However, by the time that Townsend was writing about the drink it was becoming unpopular, and was eventually all but forgotten.
The drink seems to have been forgotten partly due to the use of raw egg in the cocktail, which many people shy away from, and partly due to the complexity of its preparation. Despite the use of what some may consider to be strange ingredients the cocktail is enjoyable, and has been described as tart with the added syrup giving the drink complexity, and the egg white providing body as well as a foamy head.
2oz Beefeater Gin
1oz Lemon juice
1oz Simple sirope
1 Barspoon of Raspberry marmalade
1 Egg white
3 Raspberries for Garnish
All the ingredients in the mixing tin,Shake and double strain in to a coupe glass previously chilled and garnish.