One of the cocktail expert Crosby Gaige's "Hall of Fame" drinks of the pre-Prohibition era, the Clover Club was named in honor of a men's club at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia.
One variation of this drink is the Pink Lady, another an all-time classic. For a Pink Lady, use 1/2 ounce of applejack instead of sugar. Another variation substitutes 1/4 ounce of raspberry syrup for the grenadine.
Spirits columnist Jason Wilson wholeheartedly recommends making this drink with organic raw egg white, but a tablespoon of pasteurized egg white may be substituted.
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce grenadine (4 dashes)
- Juice of 1/2 medium lemon (1 to 2 tablespoons)
- 1 large raw egg white
Fill a tall mixing glass two-thirds with ice. Add the gin, grenadine, lemon juice and raw egg white. Shake vigorously for 30 to 60 seconds to form a good froth. Strain into a martini glass and serve immediately.
Adapted from "The Standard Cocktail Guide," by Crosby Gaige (M. Barrows, 1944).
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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