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Friday Cocktail

Clover Club Cocktail

It may not be green, but with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, give this Friday Cocktail a try, the Clover Club Cocktail.

Created at the Bellevue-Stratford bar in Philadelphia—as early as 1911—this drink certainly pre-dates Prohibition.  It’s named for a mens club that once met at the aforementioned bar.  Alas, because of one of the ingredients—raw egg whites—this classic is not often to be found out at your local pub.

What you’ll need: Gin, Lemon Juice, Raspberry Syrup, Egg White, and Sugar.

Whisk one egg white in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of sugar for about two minutes.  In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice, and 1/4 ounce of raspberry syrup.  Add whisked mixture.  Then shake vigorously for about a minute.  Strain into your cocktail glass of choice.

How I like it:  Many recipes just say to add the egg white and sugar directly into the shaker, but I think you get a frothier, better outcome by pre-whisking.  Also, instead of raspberry syrup (what exactly is it?), many recipes suggest substituting Grenadine.  What are they thinking?  I just used Chambord.  It’s raspberry-flavored and much more suitable.  Plus, I used 1/2 ounce of it instead of just one fourth.

I find this cocktail tastes similar to another favorite of mine, the French Martini.  Though perhaps it’s not quite as sweet.

Please note: consuming raw ingredients may pose a health risk.  Needless to say, this is one drink that should not sit out for several hours.

And remember, drink responsibly!

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