Amoretti Classic Cocktail #20: Clover Club
Alright, Amoretti fans… Today we bring you the 20th and final installation of our Classic Cocktails series. We’ve covered a lot of bartending ground, and would like to close things out with a high note. Today’s drink recipe is a pre-prohibition recipe that dates back to at least 1911: the Clover Club.
This is the second drink recipe we’ve introduced that calls for egg whites (the first was the Ramos Gin Fizz), a popular ingredient that – due to food safety laws – has largely gone out of style. However, if you’re using safe eggs and take the proper precautions, you should have nothing to worry about.
This drink was first created in the Clover Club of Philadelphia’s Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. During the later part of the 19th century, the bar at the Bellevue-Stratford was the center of gentlemen society for Philadelphia’s businessmen. This cocktail came into fashion in the early 20th century with the gentlemen of the Clover Club, but virtually disappeared by the time the Prohibition ban was lifted.
Clover Club Drink Recipe
- 2 oz gin
- ½ fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 pumps Amoretti Premium Raspberry Syrup
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp sugar
“Dry shake” (i.e. without ice) the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. This will help the emulsification process of the egg white. You may have to shake for up to a full minute in order for the egg to properly emulsify. Then, add ice, and shake until the admixture is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The use of our raspberry premium syrup in this drink recipe is key. Some variations of this recipe will call for grenadine instead. However, grenadine is in thousands of standard bar drinks. By adding raspberry, like the original bartenders did, this recipe is actually unique (and worth drinking!).
If you’ve never had our raspberry premium syrup, you should know that it doesn’t have the overly sugary taste that many cocktail syrups feature. Instead, our premium syrups use all natural flavors to achieve their great tastes. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this syrup will not curdle milk or eggs – a problem you may have run into with other manufacturers’ drink syrups.