The Story Behind The Caribbean Club
The original Clover Club is one of America’s earliest cocktails on record. Created in pre-Prohibition Philadelphia, it was first mentioned in writing circa 1897. I wanted to give this classic a little kick, so I played around a little and came up with a 21st- century variation.
The first change I made was the base spirit. Gin was popular in turn-of-the-century America, but I wanted to update it with good white rum. Next, I swapped the raspberry simple syrup for bright, tangy lemon curd. When mixed with the lemon juice the curd tasted a bit sour, so I added a dash of simple syrup. The egg white gives the cocktail a beautiful texture, so I left it as is. Finally, I went with the traditional garnish: three fresh raspberries. The color contrast is striking and, best of all, they’re delicious.
- 2 ounces white rum
- 1 egg white
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ½ ounce lemon curd
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 3 raspberries
- Put all the ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice
- Shake, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with three speared raspberries