Coffee Cocktail

The Coffee Cocktail is so old fancy drink. It is so similar to flip. The oldest entry about Coffee Cocktail are in the Bartender’s Guide or How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks (1887) by Jerry Thomas and Bartender’s Manual or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style (1882, rev. 1934) by Harry Jonson. This cocktail is truly genteleman’s desert cocktail and amazing nightcup.

For Coffee Cocktail I use Don Pablo Porto Ruby and Hennessy VS as brandy.

The Coffee Cocktail (Коктейль Кофе)

Coffee Cocktail (Savoy Cocktail Book)

the yolk of one egg
2 tsp sugar syrup
50 ml port wine
25 ml brandy
1 dash curacao
Shake well, strain into a small wineglass and grate a little nutmeg on top.

Coffee Cocktail is amazing drink. It has so sweet very pleasant taste with hint of … coffee! It is great cocktail! This cocktail is a favorite cocktail of many of my guests now.

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Clover Club

The Clover Club Cocktail is truly magnificient cocktail. This drink has all elements of great classic cocktail – the interesting story, simple and elegant composition and it is almost forgotten.

This cocktail was created (as Albert Stevens Crockett specify in his Old Waldorf Bar Days (1931) or The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book (1935)) in the early 20th century in the bar of the Bellevue-Statford Hotel, Philadelphia which hosted Clover Club – the community of the lawyers and writers from Philadelphia.

Common recipe of Clover Club Cocktail include gin, lemon or lime juice, grenadine or raspberry syrup and egg white. Sometimes addition of the sweet vermouth or fresh raspberries is recomended. The Clover Club Cocktail has no garnish. If you garnish this drink with three mint leaf it morph into Clover Leaf Cocktail.

I use recipe from one of my favorite book –The Essential Cocktail by Dale DeGroff for my first Clover Club Cocktail:

The Clover Club Cocktail (Коктейль Клеверный Клуб)

Clover Club (The King of Cocktail)

45 ml gin
20 ml simple syrup
20 ml fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. grenadine
white of 1 small egg
In a shaker mix gin, syrups and juice. In a small bowl lightly whip the egg white and add a half the whipped egg white to the shaker. Shake vigorously – hard and long to emulsify the egg. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I omit the whipping of the egg white and use “dry shake” for preparing of this cocktail. Dry shake is interesting method of preparing cocktail with great amount of the eggs or heavy cream. First shake all ingredients in shaker without ice. You may add in a shaker a spring from hawtorn-strainer during first dry shake for best results. Then add ice and shake again very hard.

This my first Clover Club Cocktail is awesome drink. Actually it was love at the first sight sip. Certainly I explore this cocktail in original version from the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. I tasted this cocktail with berry-grenadine and raspberry syrup also lime and lemon juice.

The Clover Club Cocktail in vintage wineglass (Коктейль Клоувер Клуб в винтажном винном бокале)

Clover Club (Savoy)

50 ml gin
the juice of 1/2 lemon or of 1 lime
25 ml grenadine (or raspberry syrup)
egg white
Shake well and strain into medium size glass.

This cocktail are excellent with berry-grenadine. I prefer the Clover Club Cocktail with fresh pressed lemon juice. Juice a lime or lemon for this cocktail carefully. I think that essential oil of citrus skin is over this cocktail.

Actually I tested about twenty Clover Club Cocktails. My Ultimate version is:

The lovely Clover Club Cocktail (Очаровательный коктейль Клоувер Клаб)

My Clover Club

50 ml gin
25 ml fresh lemon juice
25 ml simple syrup
2 dash berry-grenadine
30 ml egg white
Shake all ingredients thoroughly. Serve in the wineglass.

Use good gin for best results. You may use in this cocktail homemade grenadine or raspberry syrup for great drink. Be carefully with raw eggs. Actually the quality fresh eggs are so safety, but you should wash the egg, keep refrigerated and keep your equipment and ware clean. Also I recomend to read good post about this cocktail and raw eggs by Robert Hess.

The Clover Club Cocktail is outstanding, awesome and fascinating mixed drink. Literally.

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Bermudiana Rose

Today we explore one interesting old cocktail with my favorite autumn spirit – gin. This cocktail has two similar name – Bermudiana Rose (in English cocktail books like Cafe Royal Cocktail Book by W.J. Tarling, 1937 or Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Anthony Hogg, 1979) or Bermuda Rose (in American cocktail books like The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff, 2002).

At the heart of the Bermudiana Rose Cocktail are classic composition of gin and apricot brandy. Actually apricot brandy is not a brandy, it is so sweet apricot flavored liqueur. The composition of gin and apricot brandy we can found in some famous London Cocktail like Paradise, Claridge orGolden Dawn.

The Bermudiana Rose Cocktail (Коктейль Бермудская Роза)

Bermudiana Rose

30 ml gin
15 ml apricot brandy
15 ml grenadine
15 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Cocktail glass.

The Bermudiana Rose Cocktail has bright appearance and taste with palate of apricot and gin botanicals. It is interesting old evening drink.

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