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Recipe: Clover Club Cocktail

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Recipe: Clover Club Cocktail
Janet A. Zimmerman
The Clover Club was a Philadelphia men's organization, dedicated to "raillery and refreshment," from the late 1880s until the First World War. It seems to have acquired its own cocktail sometime in the early 1900s. Whenever I have an egg white left from another dish, it's my favorite drink to make for the two of us.

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Plymouth gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup*
  • 8-10 large raspberries (preferably fresh, but frozen will work)
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice

Preparation:

1. Place all ingredients except ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake very hard for a couple of minutes.

2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake again for a minute or two.

3. Strain into two chilled cocktail glasses. For a completely smooth drink, strain through a fine mesh strainer. Otherwise, use a separate cocktail strainer (not the strainer top that comes with your shaker).

4. If desired, garnish with two or three raspberries on a cocktail pick.

* For simple syrup, mix equal parts water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and mixture just comes to the boil. Remove from heat and let cool.

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