A delicious Raspberry Gin Cocktail that harks back to the Prohibition Era, the Clover Club is a frothy, smooth cocktail that will make you feel like you’re sitting in a classic speakeasy, waiting to 86 it if the fuzz show up!
Clover Club Recipe
Have you ever tried a cocktail with a egg white mixed in?
I’ve always been curious but nervous to experiment with this cocktail classic until my trip to Austin where I experienced just how delightfully smooth and frothy it makes the cocktail.
A Clover Club is the perfect cocktail to try if you are timid with egg whites, as the lemon juice further reduces any risks posed by consuming raw egg whites. (And statistics from the National Safety Council have shown that the risks of salmonella are far lower these days than in previous decades. You’re 4x more likely to choke on food than to get salmonella poisoning.)
Of course, using fresh pasteurized eggs is a good call for this recipe.
(You can leave out the egg whites and just enjoy as a raspberry lemon gin cocktail if you are too nervous about adding it.)
The Clover Club is named after the eponymous Philadelphia men’s club where the drink was invented in 1896.
It’s very similar to a Pink Lady cocktail which adds in applejack liquor (making it the stronger cocktail of the two.) It’s frothy, smooth and has a bright raspberry lemonade-like flavor.
When selecting a gin for this recipe, be sure to pay attention to the unique botanical notes that the gin is known for – for example, Bombay Sapphire adds in a licorice note that I personally dislike in cocktails. (You can check out this gin guide for descriptions.)
As for the raspberry syrup, we’re making our own raspberry simple syrup which can be made in a larger batch and saved for future use. It works great in a variety of cocktails, and also on cakes – adding a bit of moisture and flavor in between layers. You can also use store-bought simple syrup.
Clover Club Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
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Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Liquid measure
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glasses
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Clover Club
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add the gin, egg white, lemon juice, raspberries and simple syrup and secure the lid of the cocktail shaker.
Shake well for up to two minutes. The longer you shake it, the more raspberry flavor will be imparted to the cocktail and the frothier the egg whites will become (making the cocktail more velvety).
Strain the mixture into two glasses and garnish, if desired.
Grab your free printable for a Clover Club:
- 4 oz Gin
- 1 egg white
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 6 raspberries, plus more for garnish
- 1 oz simple syrup
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the gin, egg white, lemon juice, raspberries and simple syrup and secure the lid of the cocktail shaker.
- Shake well for up to two minutes. The longer you shake it, the more raspberry flavor will be imparted to the cocktail and the frothier the egg whites will become (making the cocktail more velvety).
- Strain the mixture into two glasses and garnish, if desired.
- Serve immediately.
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