Clover Club

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Drink Issue: September 2017
Group Free

The Ostrich

10 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler

It seems like someone’s always trying to make the ‘80s happen, again. Just ask a bartender.

For starters, they’ll tell you the Cosmopolitan cocktail is back in vogue. It might be due to nostalgia, or simply the cocktail community’s sense of professional obligation to improve upon its biggest cliché.
In downtown Chandler, mixologists at The Ostrich have a different rehabilitation project: the Clover Club, a tart and fruity classic similar to the Cosmo but not as, ahem, lame? Invented in Philadelphia in 1917, the pretty-in-pink cocktail is currently enjoying its centennial year and should be on every discriminating bar’s list of classic cocktails – as well as your own personal menu at home. 

In a shaker, combine 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 3/4 oz. raspberry syrup*, and 2 oz. gin (The Ostrich uses a maltier “Old Tom” style, but London dry is standard). Shake with a single egg white, first without ice, then with ice, for a velvety head of foam. Strain into a coupe glass, dash once with Peychaud’s Bitters and let the nostalgia flow to the max.

*In a sauce pan, combine 1 pint of crushed raspberries with 1 cup sugar, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat over the stove until all sugar has dissolved. Strain fruit and add a splash of gin to extend fridge life to two weeks. 

— Shelby Moore