Elegant Cocktail with a rich history
The Clover Club cocktail traces its origins to the early 20th century, during the era of US prohibition. It was a favourite choice among the elite of the time, especially among members of the "Clover Club". A men's club in Philadelphia where business leaders and gentlemen from the upper class gathered. Women were not allowed there. Despite its pink colour, the Clover Club was an instant favourite drink.
The exact origin of the cocktail is unknown, but it is widely believed to have its roots in the exclusive Bellevue-Stratford Club in Philadelphia. The earliest published appearance in a cocktail book as "The Clover Club Cocktail" was in 1910 in Raymond E. Sullivan's The Barkeeper's Manual. His recipe included a sprig of mint as a garnish. The mint leaf would later fall out of favour with the gentlemen in the "Cocktail Club" and its addition would make the similar cocktail "Clover Leaf".
But, as with more classics, the Clover club also disappeared from the radar for a while. Only during the cocktail revival at the beginning of this century did it crawl back up. So Join the club and get lucky, welcome at the Willem's Clover Club.
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- Willem's Clover Club
Step 1. To start, take four fresh raspberries in small pieces and then place them in a shaker. Next, use a muddler to gently crush them into mush. This is the beginning of the texture and flavour depth of the cocktail.
Step 2. Then add the HAVN Bangkok Gin, Willem's Wermoed Pink, lemon juice, sugar syrup and the egg white to the shaker with the crushed raspberries.
Step 3. The 'Dry Shake' - Shake the ingredients first without ice for about a minute. This process emulsifies the egg whites and creates a creamy texture that makes the cocktail velvety smooth.
Step 4. Then add a scoop of ice cubes to the shaker and shake again, this time for about 20 seconds. This cools down the cocktail and slightly dilutes the flavours, achieving the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavours.
Step 5. Use a strainer to pour the cocktail into a (chilled) glass. This will ensure that any bits of ice or raspberry puree are stopped.
Step 6. As a final step, garnish the cocktail with three fresh raspberries.
So, are you going to make the Willem's Clover Club?