Clover Club Cocktail Drink

Clover Club

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Simple ingredients come together to make this Clover Club cocktail a standout favorite.

Clover Club Recipe

Refresh your senses with this Clover Club recipe! With its mix of gin, lemon, raspberry, and frothy egg white, it's a definite hit for any gathering.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

167 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz raspberry syrup
  • 1 fresh egg white
  • Fresh raspberries, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, add ½ oz fresh lemon juice, 1 fresh egg white, ½ oz raspberry syrup, and 1½ oz Gin.
  • Add Ice: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain: Fine strain the cocktail into the chilled coupe glass using a fine mesh strainer.
  • Garnish: Place a few fresh raspberries on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: I sometimes use vodka if I ever run out of gin. It gives a different character to the drink but works nicely with the raspberry and lemon. A gin with pronounced botanicals like a rose can be a delightful choice for a more floral twist.
  • Raspberry Syrup: In a pinch, I've used grenadine. While it doesn't have the same raspberry flavor, it provides the needed sweetness. If you're aiming for the raspberry flavor, muddling fresh raspberries and adding a touch of simple syrup can also do the trick.
  • Egg White: Aquafaba (chickpea water) is a great vegan substitute. It creates the same frothy texture as egg white without using any animal products.

Making a Pitcher of Clover Club:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This results in 12 oz of gin, 4 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of raspberry syrup, and 8 egg whites.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg whites. Stir them well.
  • Serve: For each serving, shake the mixture with ice, fine strain into chilled coupe glasses, garnish with raspberries, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute, which does a commendable job recreating the flavor of gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Substitute the gin with the non-alcoholic version and follow the rest. Enjoy a refreshing, non-alcoholic Clover Club.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, works wonders here. Use roughly 1 oz (30 ml) instead of the egg white. It gives the drink that creamy texture without using animal products. Ensure you shake it well to get that frothy top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
167
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
51
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Potassium
 
70
mg
2
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Clover Club Cocktail Drink

Clover Club Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Refresh your senses with this Clover Club recipe! With its mix of gin, lemon, raspberry, and frothy egg white, it's a definite hit for any gathering.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 167

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz raspberry syrup
  • 1 fresh egg white
  • Fresh raspberries - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, add ½ oz fresh lemon juice, 1 fresh egg white, ½ oz raspberry syrup, and 1½ oz Gin.
  • Add Ice: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain: Fine strain the cocktail into the chilled coupe glass using a fine mesh strainer.
  • Garnish: Place a few fresh raspberries on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: I sometimes use vodka if I ever run out of gin. It gives a different character to the drink but works nicely with the raspberry and lemon. A gin with pronounced botanicals like a rose can be a delightful choice for a more floral twist.
  • Raspberry Syrup: In a pinch, I've used grenadine. While it doesn't have the same raspberry flavor, it provides the needed sweetness. If you're aiming for the raspberry flavor, muddling fresh raspberries and adding a touch of simple syrup can also do the trick.
  • Egg White: Aquafaba (chickpea water) is a great vegan substitute. It creates the same frothy texture as egg white without using any animal products.

Making a Pitcher of Clover Club:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This results in 12 oz of gin, 4 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of raspberry syrup, and 8 egg whites.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg whites. Stir them well.
  • Serve: For each serving, shake the mixture with ice, fine strain into chilled coupe glasses, garnish with raspberries, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute, which does a commendable job recreating the flavor of gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Substitute the gin with the non-alcoholic version and follow the rest. Enjoy a refreshing, non-alcoholic Clover Club.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, works wonders here. Use roughly 1 oz (30 ml) instead of the egg white. It gives the drink that creamy texture without using animal products. Ensure you shake it well to get that frothy top.

What is a Clover Club Cocktail?

Clover Club is a gin cocktail that combines raspberry syrup, lemon juice, and egg whites. The cocktail’s pink hue and frothy top have made it a standout choice for those seeking a blend of tart and sweet. The cocktail is classified as one of “The Unforgettables” by the IBA(International Bartender Association) that officially recognize the drink.

A side shot of a Cover Club cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by fresh raspberries, two lemons, a plant and a shaker, in front of a pink wall.

What is a Clover Club Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Gather these ingredients to make your Clover Club:

  • Gin: Provides the botanical backbone.
  • Lemon Juice: Balances with a citrusy tang.
  • Raspberry Syrup: Imparts sweetness and color.
  • Egg White: Offers frothiness when shaken.
  • Fresh Raspberries (optional for garnish): Elevates presentation.

Gin, raspberry syrup, egg, fresh raspberries and lemon juice laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Clover Club Cocktail?

Our easy guide helps you make your own Clover Club:

1
<p>Start by chilling a coupe glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice.</p>

Start by chilling a coupe glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice.

2
<p>Pour egg white into the shaker.</p>

Pour egg white into the shaker.

3
<p>Add raspberry syrup to the shaker.</p>

Add raspberry syrup to the shaker.

4
<p>Add lemon juice to the mix.</p>

Add lemon juice to the mix.

5
<p>And pour Gin into the shaker.</p>

And pour Gin into the shaker.

6
<p>Add ice cubes to the shaker.</p>

Add ice cubes to the shaker.

7
<p>Shake vigorously until the outside feels cold.</p>

Shake vigorously until the outside feels cold.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled coupe glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled coupe glass.

9
<p>Strain the cocktail through a fine mesh strainer into the chilled and empty coupe glass, ensuring a smooth pour without ice shards or unwanted bits.</p>

Strain the cocktail through a fine mesh strainer into the chilled and empty coupe glass, ensuring a smooth pour without ice shards or unwanted bits.

10
<p>Garnish the top with fresh raspberries for a touch of elegance and an extra flavor.</p>

Garnish the top with fresh raspberries for a touch of elegance and an extra flavor.

11
<p>Enjoy your Clover Club cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Clover Club cocktail!

Best Gin for a Clover Club Cocktail

Selecting the best gin for your Clover Club Cocktail can elevate the drink from good to extraordinary. While the raspberry and lemon in the cocktail add vibrancy, the gin is the backbone, imparting the botanical nuances that define its character. Classics like Tanqueray bring a crisp juniper profile, ensuring a clear gin presence in your mix. If you lean towards a slightly more floral hint, Hendrick’s offers a subtle rose and cucumber infusion, which can add an intriguing layer to the Clover Club. For a modern twist, Monkey 47 is a rich and complex gin boasting 47 botanicals; it’s a bit of an investment, but its depth can bring something unique. For a well-rounded Clover Club, however, my money is on Beefeater. It has a balanced profile, with neither its citrus nor juniper overshadowing the other, making it an ideal companion for this classic cocktail.

A Cover Club cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by fresh raspberries, two lemons, and a jigger.

Clover Club Cocktail with Vodka

Let’s talk vodka. Ditching gin for vodka isn’t traditional, but it can offer a cleaner, more neutral backdrop, letting the raspberry and lemon flavors pop even more. When opting for vodka, quality is key to ensure the drink remains smooth. Grey Goose or Belvedere are top-shelf choices that bring a silky mouthfeel without any harshness. On the more budget-friendly side, Tito’s is a solid pick, known for its smoothness and versatility in cocktails. But if I had to roll the dice on a vodka for a Clover Club, I’d lean into Absolut Elyx. It’s a single-estate, copper-crafted vodka that adds a touch of luxury to your drink. So, if you’re keen to stray from tradition and give vodka a whirl, Absolut Elyx is where I’d place my bet. 

What is Raspberry Syrup?

This vibrant ingredient isn’t just about adding a pop of color; it’s a flavor powerhouse, delivering a burst of tart sweetness that sets the Clover Club apart. Now, while store-bought syrups might seem convenient, nothing beats the taste of homemade. Fresh raspberries, sugar, and a touch of water simmered to perfection give you a syrup that’s leagues ahead in flavor depth. Brands like Monin or Torani offer decent, ready-made options if you’re pressed for time. But if you’re aiming for that unbeatable fresh berry kick, take a few extra minutes to make your own. The difference is undeniable: ensuring your Clover Club hits all the right notes.

A close side shot of a Cover Club cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by fresh raspberries in a plate and two lemons.

Clover Club Cocktail Variations

Looking for something slightly different? Try the strawberry variation of the Clover Club:

  • Strawberry Clover Club: Strawberries add a sweet and robust twist, blending seamlessly with gin and lemon to create a perfectly balanced drink. The natural sweetness and rich aroma of strawberries enrich the overall flavor, making it both inviting and satisfying. I adore the depth that the strawberries introduce, providing a lush and gratifying taste.

A close side shot of a Cover Club cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by fresh raspberries and a lemon, in front of a pink wall.

History and Origin of the Clover Club Drink

The Clover Club cocktail traces its roots back to the pre-Prohibition era in Philadelphia. The city’s prominent Clover Club, a select group of journalists and writers, would gather at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. During their meetings, they would enjoy this signature drink, which eventually adopted the club’s name. The cocktail quickly gained popularity, cementing its status in classic cocktail lore.

While the Prohibition years saw a decline in its fame, as did many cocktails of the era, the Clover Club experienced a revival in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Today’s craft cocktail movement has embraced this classic, ensuring its legacy for new generations of enthusiasts. 

A Cover Club cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice, egg and fresh raspberries.

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FAQ

How many calories does a Clover Club typically contain?
A standard Clover Club has approximately 140-180 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and measurements.
How strong is the Clover Club cocktail?
The strength mainly depends on the gin used, but a typical Clover Club averages around 20-25% ABV (40-50 proof).
In which glass is a Clover Club typically served?
It's typically served in a coupe glass.
What type of alcohol is in a Clover Club?
The primary alcohol in a Clover Club is gin.
In which glass is a Clover Club typically served?
It's typically served in a coupe glass.
What does a Clover Club taste like?
The Clover Club offers a balanced mix of tartness from the lemon, sweetness from the raspberry syrup, and a creamy frothiness from the egg white, complemented by gin's botanicals.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Clover Club?
Generally, it's 1.5 oz Gin, 0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice, 0.5 oz Raspberry Syrup, and 1 Fresh Egg White.
How is the Clover Club served with ice?
It's usually served "up," meaning it's shaken with ice and then strained into a glass without ice.
Can I make a Clover Club without egg white?
While traditional recipes include egg white, some variations omit it, though the frothy texture will be absent.

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