clover club cocktail served with raspberry garnish
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The Clover Club Cocktail

If you’re a bartender, the Clover Club cocktail is something you should know how to make. This classic cocktail is a staple at all the best bars, and for a good reason. In fact, the pairing of sweet raspberry syrup with the juniper gin makes it one of the most unique and distinctive mixed drinks of all time. Don’t be fooled, though–this cocktail is a superbly delicious and frothy delight.

The Clover Club Cocktail: Fruity and Refreshing

According to The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, this cocktail’s inception was at a Philadelphia hotel called Bellevue-Stratford. Their bar was a popular hangout in the late 1800s, where a group of discerning gentlemen called (surprise, surprise) The Clover Club used to meet regularly.

At first, the cocktail was only imbibed by men of the highest order: those successful in professions like legal, literary, or business. However, the cocktail made its way east when the hotelier was employed at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Nowadays, most bartenders choose grenadine instead of raspberry syrup. If you really want this cocktail to stand in all its glory, opt for the raspberry syrup—it puts the drink over the edge from just tasty into “wildly delicious” territory.

In fact, most agree that the recipe using raspberry syrup is the clear victor in comparison. Another unique but essential ingredient in this recipe is egg white, which adds some frothy fun and foam for a neat finishing touch.

Quick Tips and Variations

Don’t shy away from using fresh raspberry syrup, either—it’s actually quite simple to make. You need one cup each of water and sugar, and 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries.

Combine and then heat the mixture, stirring constantly, and don’t forget to strain it very well to remove the tiny seeds and any pulp. Another good tip for this recipe is to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and of course, fresh egg.

You can easily test eggs for freshness with a simple glass of water. If the egg floats, it’s no good. If it sinks, it’s fresh. You can also swap out the raspberry syrup for Chambord or another type of raspberry liqueur.

Some bartenders choose to use simple syrup instead of granulated sugar, making the mixture much easier to combine. No matter which recipe you try, this cocktail will quickly become a go-to favorite.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz raspberry syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 egg white, large
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Gather all the ingredients, a cocktail shaker, and a cocktail glass
  2. In the cocktail shaker, add ice cubes, and then the gin, raspberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and the egg white
  3. Shake vigorously to ensure the sugar and egg white are combined thoroughly
  4. Strain the mixture and pour it into a cocktail glass
  5. Use a bar skewer to garnish the finished product with fresh raspberries
  6. Serve immediately, sip, and enjoy

This cocktail’s history is as rich and delicious as the drink itself. It has a strange list of ingredients that belies its incredible taste, comprising raspberry syrup, sugar, lemon juice, gin, and an egg white. Next time you’re in the mood for a sweet, fruity, and refreshing cocktail, try this classic. Remember—use fresh raspberry syrup and lemon juice to really get that delightful taste.

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