Named after a private Philadelphia club where it was the drink of choice for the filthy rich of 1882, the Clover Club predates Prohibition and is Philly’s best known contribution to the cocktail canon. Mark Twain once visited the Clover Club and became a great admirer of the signature cocktail and its ameliorative powers. “At first I thought these men (Clover Club members and guests) were fools,” Twain is reported to have said. “But after five hours of sitting here drinking, I've concluded that they are witty...apparently I'm the only man here who feels his liquor.”
Against all odds, the very drinkable Bramble was invented during the cocktail deadzone known as the 1980s. Cocktail revolutionary Dick Bradsell concocted the drink at Fred’s Bar in London. Based on a Gin Fix (essentially a Whiskey Sour made with gin), the Bramble is set apart by a float of crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur). The drink is at it...