Today’s Cocktail Advent Calendar is the first original recipe of the month. I can’t believe I was the first one to come up with using “Crimson & Clover” as a cocktail name, if someone else did it first I’d like to hear about it. The cocktail is inspired by the Tommy James & the Shondells hit of the same name but crossed with the classic Clover Club cocktail. As I am a big fan of talk-singing (Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Bill Shatner) this song was always a winner to me.
Bryn, the bar manager at Rob Roy is clearly drawing inspiration from the chef in placing this drink one day after the Vin Brule. Yesterday’s Vin Brule will be reduced into a rich mulled wine syrup for an ingredient in today’s cocktail. Otherwise the rest of the recipe is pretty simple, it’s just a Clover Club cocktail. You know that bullshit drink you that drink make for people that are all like,
“I don’t know, I want vodka, but not too sweet, but I don’t want to taste the booze, but make it strong, kind of like a drink that Louis XIV would drink but not too opulent, maybe something with an Amish modesty that still has pizazz.”
And, then, they are all like,
“Oooh, can you make me a spicy drink? I love spicy drinks too.”
The Crimson & Clover covers all of those contradictions in one little package.
The Crimson & Clover
- 1.5 oz Dry Gin (or fuck it, use some weird new world gin, why not)
- 1 oz Mulled Wine Syrup*
- .5 oz Lemon Juice
- .75 oz Egg White
- Bring mulled wine to a boil (perhaps just a bottle of Glogg from Ikea)
- Reduce slightly and add in an equal part sugar by volume
- Stir until disolved
- Remove from heat
I’m keeping cats in bags but tomorrow’s Cocktail Advent Calendar is going to be really special. Sunday’s cocktail will also be a trial by fire (hint) for Rob Roy’s new bartender to be, Zach. It will be so difficult for him that the lady herself, Anu Apte, will be backing him up as he undergoes the toughest shift a tender little bartender could ever try. And if they both pull it off, they’ll be bragging about it for years.