This is one heck of a Jam session!
Get down with the Gin and Jam session with this Drink of the Week, the Clover Club. It has jam in it. Say what?
The Clover Club cocktail is probably one of the most interesting on our list of Drink of the Week cocktails. This Philly classic cocktail recipe comes to us from super bartender Julie Reiner of the Clover Club in New York.
The Clover Club is a pre-Prohibition cocktail that was named for the Clover Club of Philadelphia, a men’s club for established gentlemen, like William Butler Yeats, where the cocktail was served until the onset of Prohibition. It has had a recent resurgence thanks to the work of Julie Reiner. This cocktail is served neat, meaning it is chilled during preparation and not served over ice.
This drink fell out of popularity mostly for its use of raw egg to add froth. I, for one, can agree that the use of raw egg in a cocktail can be a real turn off. Yet, you are in luck. I adapted Reiner’s recipe and make the egg white completely optional, much like how I prepare a Whiskey Sour.
While the cocktail mainly uses Gin and some raspberry flavoring agent [in this recipe the jam], this recipe can also be made with vodka or tequila if you so choose. I don’t know how well egg white would go over with tequila, though. Reiner suggests using Tanqueray or Beefeater gin for her recipe, and we just so happen to agree with using Beefeater.
Don’t like the idea of using jam in your cocktail? You can substitute 1/2 ounce Raspberry syrup for the jam. It might sound weird using jam in a cocktail, but we recommend giving it the old College try.
This is how you make the Clover Club cocktail like they do down at the Clover Club!
Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- 1½ Ounces Gin
- ½ Ounce Dry Vermouth
- 3/4 Ounce Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Raspberry Jam
- 1/4 Ounce Egg White [optional]**
- Mint Sprig for Garnish**
- Raspberry Skewer for Garnish**
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
- Coupe Glasses
- Cocktail Shaker
The Clover Club: Add all the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a skewer of raspberries or mint sprig. Enjoy!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 142 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 89 Carbohydrates (g) 8.7 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 6.4 Protein (g) 3.7 Sodium (mg) 55