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, raspberry and egg white

BELLEVUE STRATFORD – $13

Mezcal, pear brandy, lemon, egg white, Peychaud’s bitters

MAJOR MOSES – $12

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

BARRYMORE ROOM – $12

Bourbon, strawberry, sweet vermouth, lime, egg white

BLACKBERRY FOOL – $13

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

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

SCARLET LADY PUNCH – $46

Red wine, reposado tequila, orange, cinnamon, St. Germain, Angostura bitters

Autumn Spice

As sad as we are to say goodbye to the fresh herbs and ripe fruits of spring and summer, the first cool breeze of Autumn is always an exciting time of year at Clover Club. It means the season of spice has begun. Flavors like cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg evoke not just the tastes but the very essence of harvest season. In addition to being excellent cocktail ingredients, these autumn inspired drinks are at once new and unexpected, as well as comforting and familiar. In this section we bring you fall in a glass.. 

WHAT’S UP DOC – $12

Currant-infused rum, carrot juice, orange, lemon, ginger, maple syrup, Pimento bitters

PORT OF CALL – $12

Gin, ruby port, lemon, cinnamon, aromatic bitters, cranberry preserves

APPLE TURNOVER – $13

Ron del Barrilito, white rum, bonded apple brandy, dry curacao, guava syrup, lime juice

DOC’S & STORMY – $13

Scotch, Calvados, apple liqueur, lemon, ginger, cinnamon

ROYAL TANNENBAUM – $13

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

 

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.

CORPORAL COLLINS – $12

 

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

WAY DOWN SOUTH– $13

Bourbon, falernum, lemon, lime, cream of coconut, pimento bitters, soda

THE BANDWAGON– $13

Gin, grapefruit liqueur, Cynar, lime, soda

Sours & Cobblers

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, grenadine, Cointreau, raspberry syrup, etc. 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. 

LEAVE LUCK TO HEAVEN – $13

Calvados, fino sherry, apple liqueur, lemon, pineapple,dash absinthe

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – $13

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

PROSPECT PARK SOUR – $12

Rye whiskey, lemon, orange, maple syrup, amaro Abano

ISLAND TIME – $13

Rum, falernum, orgeat, lemon, lilikoi, absinthe, Angostura bitters

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.

MR. BROWN – $12

Bourbon, coffee liqueur, vanilla, orange bitters

GIN BLOSSOM – $12

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

PEDRO’S MARTINEZ– $12

Aged rum, sweet vermouth, sherry, mole bitters

WASHINGTON’S CROSSING – $13

Apple brandy, Cardamaro, Old Tom gin, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, Peychaud’s bitters

PALO NEGRO – $13

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

BLACK CAT – $13

Mezcal, Old Tom gin, amontillado sherry, Punt y Mes, cane syrup

THE PYRENEES – $12

Aged apple brandy, Cognac, sherry, coffee-infused dry vermouth

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 

NICE PEAR – $13

Pisco, pear brandy, Velvet Falernum, lemon, aromatic bitters, moscato

MATCHMAKER – $13

Cognac, apple brandy, lime, cane syrup, egg white, sage

CLEVER GIRL – $13

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

Our Rye Whiskey Obsession

When creating cocktails there’s nothing we love more than variations on our favorite classic stirred rye cocktails. In fact we’re kind of obsessed with them, to the point that when designing the menu we’ll often end up with multiple rye cocktails we love but limit ourselves to only one or two, not wanting to oversaturate. But recently we’ve noticed that most of Brooklyn seems to shares our passion, so this year we are pulling out all the stops. This entire section is devoted to our love of rye and contains variations on drinks like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and the Brooklyn.

IMPROVED WHISKEY COCKTAIL – $12

Rye whiskey, maraschino, absinthe and bitters

THE SLOPE – $12

Rye, sweet vermouth, apricot brandy and bitters

CARROLL GARDENS – $12

Rye, sweet vermouth, Nardini amaro, maraschino liqueur

PERFECT BQE – $12

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

BAY RIDGE – $13

Rye, dry vermouth, Benedictine, prune brandy. Angostura bitters, orange bitters