Club Cocktail Recipe

Classic Club Cocktail Recipe
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

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).

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Garnish: lemon peel or pineapple wedge
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry or strawberry

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the brandy, maraschino, pineapple juice, and bitters.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon peel and strawberry.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • 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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.

How Strong Is a Club Cocktail?

Like most classic cocktails served in the martini style, this is a potent little drink. Its average alcohol content is 27 percent ABV (54 proof), putting it right up there with the brandy-vermouth metropolitan.