Classic Clover Club Cocktail (+Video!)
Delightfully refreshing, subtly tart, perfectly sweet, and full of flavor is this classic clover club cocktail. It’s made with fresh raspberry syrup, dry gin, vermouth, and lemon juice. Then finished with a creamy egg white foamy topping. So easy and makes for a great drink to have on deck for entertaining, date night, and more!
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Hey Clover Club Cocktail, How You Doin’
>> The clover club cocktail is one of my most favorite dranky dranks, ever!! <<
In doing research, this cocktail pre-dates Prohibition in the US; and gets its name, The Clover Club, after a Philadelphia gentlemen’s club that was around until the 1920s. This is a gin cocktail that is a true showstopper, seriously such a purty-lookin’ stunner! The clover club gets its bright pink hue thanks to raspberry syrup (or grenadine, if using). It is a tangy, tart, and slightly sour cocktail that all balances together so nicely. The combination of raspberry flavor and bright lemon notes sing in abundance throughout this drink. And most of you know just how much I adore lemony things haha.
Additionally, let’s talk about where that egg comes in because I know some of you are wondering. The clover club is made using an egg white to yield a deliciously creamy foam topping that gives this cocktail a lovely mouthfeel. Egg whites are used in a number of classic cocktails to give that signature foamy topped goodness. I just love how the simple addition of an egg white takes cocktails to another level!
Clover Club Cocktail Ingredients
(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)
- fresh raspberry syrup: we’re making a raspberry simple syrup using fresh raspberries, sugar, and water >> super simple to put together and gives the clover club such a stunning color and sweet taste that you can use to your preference level (you can substitute altogether with grenadine if you’d like too!).
- gin: a classic distilled alcoholic beverage that gets its flavor from juniper berries.
- vermouth: a pinch of this traditionally fortified and aromatized wine is just…*chef’s kiss*
- lemon juice: freshly squeezed for that signature bright zippy taste!
- egg white: to create that beautiful foam sitting pretty atop this classy cocktail…use an egg white that’s high-quality and organic like my friends, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, oh yeahhh.
- garnishes: extra raspberries and a lemon peel for an ultra aesthetic cocktail moment!
How To Make A Clover Club Cocktail (Video)
- Step one. Make the fresh raspberry simple syrup, cool down, and set aside.
- Step two. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, vermouth, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white together. Shake, shake, shake! This is called a dry shake before the ice goes in.
- Step three. Add a handful of ice into the shaker and shake again to cool down the cocktail.
- Step four. Strain the clover club drink into a glass, garnish if desired, and sippity sip away!
This is the most perfect cocktail to make for when you’re entertaining, date night in, hang nights with your peeps, and basically whenever else that you want! And such a nice drink to go along with some food.
Great Recipes To Pair With This Cocktail
- Lemon Butter Scallops with Risotto
- Harissa Spiced Chicken with Olives and Orzo
- Classic Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
- Homemade Sausage and Fennel Pizza
- Lemon Butter Pasta with Chicken
- Salmon Cakes with Quick Aioli
- How To Make A Charcuterie Board
- Loaded Olive Cheese Bread
Egg Replacement For This Cocktail?
Do you wanna make this clover club cocktail but you’re side-eyeing the use of egg whites or maybe you’re vegan? I got you! You can still create that nice slick foamy topping using chickpea liquid, aka aquafaba. It is another emulsifying agent that can achieve what traditional egg whites in cocktails do for gin fizzes and sours. For aquafaba, I recommend about 2 tablespoons of the chickpea liquid to replace the egg white.
Dry Shake Vs. Wet Shake- Cocktail 101
When making cocktails, there are two known shake-style methods, a dry shake and a wet shake. For example, a dry shake is combining all of the room temperature/liquid ingredients into the shaker first. Shaking the dry items by themselves allows for the ingredients to mingle together and emulsify creating deeper aeration. Then, when adding in the ice for the wet shake, it dilutes and cools down the finished cocktail. Additionally, the wet shake further intensifies the egg white leaving a beautiful frothy head.
Raspberry Syrup Or Grenadine?
This one is all rooted in personal preference, my friends. Some say (me!) a traditional clover club cocktail is best with fresh raspberry syrup and some will say use grenadine. Personally, I love the raspberry flavor but for those that don’t want to do that extra step, I get it. Most liquor and grocery stores carry grenadine and also pre-bottled raspberry syrup if you simply cannot be bothered lol. You do you, boo.
Make This Clover Club Cocktail Into A Mocktail
For my non-alcoholic friends, this clover club cocktail can easily be made alcohol-free. Simply replace the alcohol measurements with equal parts of your favorite sparking soda or sparkling water- some of my faves include Sprindrift, Topo Chico, La Croix, and Waterloo! Love me a good mocktail as well!
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Delightfully refreshing, subtly tart, perfectly sweet, and full of flavor is this classic clover club cocktail. Made with raspberry syrup, dry gin, vermouth, and lemon juice. Then finished with an egg white foamy topping. Makes for a great drink to have on deck for entertaining, date night, and more!
For the raspberry simple syrup
- 6 ounces (170 grams) fresh raspberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
For the clover club cocktail
- 2 ounces dry gin
- 1/2 ounce vermouth
- 1 ounce raspberry syrup, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 large Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg, egg white only
- extra raspberries and lemon peels, for garnish- optional
For the raspberry simple syrup
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add in the raspberries, sugar, and water. Stir together to combine and allow the mixture to come up to a rolling boil, about 5-7 minutes. Then remove the saucepan from heat to cool down for at least 10 minutes.
- Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the syrup, discarding the raspberry pulp, if desired- set aside. *Note: This recipe makes about a heaping full cup of raspberry simple syrup- you can use for extra clover club cocktails or store in the fridge for up to one week to use as desired.
For the clover club cocktail
- For the dry shake: In a cocktail shaker (or large glass jar that can be fitted with a lid), add in the gin, vermouth, raspberry syrup, lemon juice, and egg white. Cover the shaker/glass with lid.
- Shake the mixture vigorously for a few seconds (I like to count to ten for good measure).
- Add the ice: Add a handful of ice into the shaker/glass, cover, and shake again super vigorously for another few seconds. Taste the mixture and add more syrup and/or alcohol to your desired preference level, then shake the cocktail again to combine.
- Strain the cocktail into your vessel of choice, garnish with raspberries/lemon peel, and enjoy!
- Please read the blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.
- Grenadine can be used in place of the raspberry simple syrup.
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