Hometown Hooch

In 1890, there were 8,000 distilleries in the US. After 1946, there were only 8. The spirits industry has had a rough go of it, but in recent years it has begun to claw its way back. That’s due largely in part to the rise of the micro-distillery, which today is at full throttle. There are over 520 in the country today, with that number likely to double in the next few years. These small scale producers offer a wide range of new and unique stylish spirits, making for compel- ling cocktail possibilities. In this section, we show our hometown pride and give a shout out to local distillers – The Noble Experiment, Warwick Valley Distillery and New York Distilling Company – who are making particularly good hooch. 

MIDTOWN BOOTLEGGER – $12

The Noble Experiment Owney’s rum, lime juice, cinnamon, Licor 43 

DOC’S & STORMY – $12

Warwick Valley Distillery Black Dirt apple brandy, lime juice, ginger syrup, cinnamon, Doc’s pumpkin cider 

CANARSIE WARRIOR – $12

New York Distilling Company Chief Gowanus gin, Perry’s Tot gin, Cia Ciaro, orgeat

 

Punches

Our friendly neighborhood cocktail historian, David Wondrich, defined punch perfectly as, “…a large bore mixture of spirits, citrus, sugar, water and spice.” Punch is the grandaddy of all mixed drinks. There are recipes that go as far back as the 1600′s. They’re a symbol of the communal spirit and meant to be drunk among friends and colleagues. Remember to share.

SERVES 4-6

HARVEST PUNCH– $46

Aged and dark rums, cognac, mulled apple cider, lemon juice and autumn spices 

NICE PEAR PUNCH – $46

Pisco, pear brandy, Velvet Falernum, lemon juice, Moscato

5 Years On Smith Street

Back in June 2008, Clover Club first opened its doors. Over the past five years, we’ve grown along with our neighborhood in ways we never could have imagined. We owe so much of our success to our clientele, who, though we are admittedly biased, are the coolest, smartest and most down to earth of any neighborhood in NYC. To commemorate this milestone, we pulled out some favorites from past menus that we haven’t seen in a while as a thank you to our loyal patrons. Here’s to another 5! 

ROYAL TANNENBAUM – $12

Rye whiskey, grapefruit juice, Cynar, honey, lemon juice, pine tincture 

ROPE & ROSE – $12

Strawberry and pineapple-infused pisco, lime, elderflower liqueur 

MR. BROWN – $12

Bourbon, coffee liqueur, vanilla, orange bitters

BLACKBERRY FOOL – $12

Gin, lemon juice, vanilla, cream, blackberry liqueur, rose flower water

Collins and Fizzes

Collins and fizzes are both, in essence, sours topped with soda. For example, the Tom Collins and the Gin Fizz are made virtually the same way, except the Collins has ice and is made in the glass that it is served in while the fizz is shaken, strained, and served with no ice. Oh, and to keep things interesting, sometimes if you simply add soda water to a drink, that makes it a fizz too. No one said this was easy. Cheers.

SLOW CLAP – $12

Old Tom gin, Cardamaro, chamomile syrup, lemon juice, India Pale Ale 

PEDRO’S FIZZ– $13

Barrel-aged genever, rum, lemon juice, honey, apricot liqueur, soda 

CORPORAL COLLINS– $12

Aged rum, lemon juice, maple syrup, apricot liqueur, egg white, pimento bitters, clove, soda 

NECROMANCER – $12

Saler’s, bianco vermouth, overproof rum, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, mole bitters, soda

The Clover Club Cocktail

Though we’d love to be the inventors of our namesake cocktail, The Clover Club, it has actually been around for over 100 years. Early recipes are varying combinations of gin, fresh citrus juice, raspberry and egg white, but some include a rather ingenious addition of vermouth, turning a bright, fruity drink, into a grownup cocktail. Using that as our template, we offer three new cocktails with different spirits, fruits and modifiers, that we think are worthy to stand alongside this timeless classic. 

CLOVER CLUB – $12

Gin, dry vermouth, lemon juice, raspberry syrup and egg white

BELLEVUE STRATFORD – $12

Gin, lemon juice, black pepper syrup, crème de peche, strawberry

MAJOR MOSES – $12

Apple brandy, Lillet rose, lemon juice, egg white, muddled blackberries, Angostura bitters 

BARRYMORE ROOM – $12

Bourbon, muddled strawberries, sweet vermouth, lime juice, egg white 

Cocktails

Two hundred years ago, cocktails were a mixture of liquor, bitters, sugar and water–and that’s all. More than two hundred years later, the meaning of the word “cocktail” has swollen to envelop any concoction we can think of that has booze in it. Conveniently, and history be damned, this gives us a category where we can park drinks that might fit into several of the other families of drinks, or maybe none at all.

OUT OF THE WOODS – $13

Gin, Lillet blonde, Aperol, Saler’s

GIN BLOSSOM – $12

Gin, apricot eau de vie, bianco vermouth, orange bitters

PERFECT BQE– $12

Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur 

IMPROVED WHISKEY COCKTAIL – $12

Rye whiskey, maraschino, absinthe and bitters

GRAND WALTZ – $13

Cognac, Genepi, bianco vermouth, pear brandy, orange bitters

PALO NEGRO – $13

Reposado tequila, Palo Cortado sherry, black strap rum, orange liqueur, demerara syrup 

TWO FACE – $12

Aged rum, Barolo Chinato, sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca mist

Royales

Drinks made with Champagne or sparkling wine. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, “I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate. I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.” Bubbles make everything better, right?

MEET ME IN MONTAUK – $12

Gin, clementine juice, lemon juice, yellow Chartreuse, Champagne 

THAMES 203 – $13

Rum, Benedictine, vanilla, lemon juice, bitters, Champagne 

CLEVER GIRL – $12

Old Tom gin, vanilla, lemon, blackberries, raspberries, Prosecco

Cobblers & Sours

Sours seem as basic as a drink can get: just liquor, lemon and sugar. But they can be served in a rocks glass or a wine glass, be mixed European-style, with a bit of egg white, or sweetened with something other than sugar. Cobblers are said to have gotten their name, more than a century ago, from the little “cobbles,” or pebbles, of ice they were made with. At one point, they were probably the most popular family of drinks going, with the Sherry Cobbler being the star. Why? Simple. Not only were they delicious, but they introduced a fun new invention of the time, the straw. Cobblers are always beautifully garnished with fruits in season. A treat by any standard. 

PORT OF CALL – $12

Gin, ruby port, lemon juice, cinnamon bark syrup, dash of aromatic bitters, cranberry preserves 

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – $13

Carpano Antica, reposado tequila, mezcal, lemon juice, crème de cacao, demerara syrup, Hellfire bitters, xocolatl mole bitters 

THE WILDCARD – $12

Single malt Scotch, Ramazotti amaro, apricot liqueur, lemon juice 

LEAVE LUCK TO HEAVEN – $13

Apple brandy, fino sherry, apple liqueur, lemon juice, dash absinthe, muddle pineapple