The club cocktail is a classic drink recipe that was first printed in W.C. Whitfield's 1939 "Just Cocktails" book. It's a bright drink featuring the taste of pineapple with a hint of cherry. You'll find that it's a great brandy cocktail for summer and a very nice dinner drink.
Building on the brandy foundation, you'll add maraschino liqueur and pineapple juice in this recipe. It's finished off with Peychaud's Bitters, which is a great accent because it tends to be lighter and fruitier than the average aromatic bitters (e.g., Angostura).
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the brandy, maraschino, pineapple juice, and bitters.
Garnish with a lemon peel and strawberry.
Serve and enjoy!
- Cognac is often preferred in the club cocktail, though any mid-range to top-shelf brandy will work out just fine.
- Shaking pineapple juice creates a top foam that some people like and some don't, even though it does settle after a few minutes. If you prefer, give this one a solid 30-second stir.
- If you want to use fresh pineapple, an electric juicer will maximize the fruit's juice yield.
- Alternatively, muddle about 1/4 cup of pineapple cubes in your shaker before adding the other ingredients.
- Serving this cocktail in a chilled glass is highly recommended. Since cocktail glasses may not fit in a crowded freezer, it may be best to opt for a quick chill: Place a couple of ice cubes in the glass while you mix the drink, then discard them before straining.
- The club cocktail typically uses a double garnish: either a lemon peel and strawberry or a pineapple wedge and cherry. Have fun with the combination and dress up your drink however you like to give it your personal touch.
- Maraschino is one of the drier cherry-flavored liqueur options, so if you want to substitute it with another, be prepared for a little extra sweetness. Cherry Heering is a great option, though you can also pour kirsch or another cherry brandy instead.
- There are other classic "club" cocktails that are more popular, which you might also want to try. One is the Pegu Club cocktail, a mix of gin, orange liqueur, and lime. Another is the Clover Club cocktail, which uses gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white.