Clover Club Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol percent:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Clover Club cocktail has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. It was named after the Clover Club, a group of influential men who met at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. This classic cocktail was popular during the pre-Prohibition era and has experienced a resurgence in recent years.

  • The Clover Club was known for its lively discussions, fine food, and excellent drinks
  • The cocktail was created to represent the sophistication and elegance of the club
  • It is said to be a favorite of both men and women, making it a versatile choice for any occasion

How Clover Club Tastes?

The Clover Club cocktail has a delightful balance of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The raspberry syrup adds a touch of sweetness, while the lemon juice provides a refreshing tang. The gin imparts a subtle herbal note, and the egg white creates a smooth, frothy texture.

Interesting facts about Clover Club

  • The Clover Club cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'prettier' version of the classic gin sour
  • It was featured in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, solidifying its place in cocktail history
  • The original recipe called for grenadine, but modern versions often use raspberry syrup for a more authentic fruit flavor


A few good options for Clover Club are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The star of the show - 2oz of gin provides a botanical backdrop that's essential for the signature taste of a Clover Club. Its juniper and other herbal notes dance seamlessly with the other ingredients. Too much gin, and you'd overbear the cocktail's balance; too little, and it'd lack its spirited kick.

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The zesty punch of 0.75oz of lemon juice gives the Clover Club its bright, tart edge. This acidity balances the sweetness of the raspberry syrup and is crucial for that refreshing sensation. Miss it and kiss goodbye to that vital spark.

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Half an ounce of raspberry syrup shuts the door on monotony, opening a window to a garden of fruity flavors. It's like a sweet whisper in a tangy conversation, anchoring the cocktail with a berry richness. Less of it, and the drink may become too tart; more, and you might as well be sipping syrup.

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The egg white is what gives the Clover Club its iconic silky froth. At 1 whole egg white, it's all about texture, darling! No egg white? No creamy mouthfeel and no foamy cap to hold the garnish. Plus, it helps smooth over any edges between the strong, sour, and sweet.

Mary Mitkina


Lastly, a cup of ice isn't just cool – it's crucial. It chills, dilutes, and marries all the flavors together during the shake. Without enough ice, you'd end up with a warm and overly strong cocktail. Too much ice, and your drink's flavors might be left at the altar.

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Recipe. How to make Clover Club Drink

  1. Combine the gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker
  2. Perform a 'dry shake' without ice to emulsify the egg white and create a frothy texture
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until well-chilled
  4. Double strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass
  5. Garnish with a few fresh raspberries or a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Dry Shake: This technique is essential for achieving the perfect frothy texture. Don't skip this step!
  • Fresh Ingredients: Always use fresh lemon juice and homemade raspberry syrup for the best flavor.
  • Garnish: A few fresh raspberries or a lemon twist not only adds to the presentation but also enhances the flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Cheese Boards: The Clover Club's tangy and fruity notes pair beautifully with soft cheese like Brie or Camembert. The smoothness of the cheese complements the cocktail's texture, whereas its creaminess contrasts with the drink's acidity.

Seafood Dishes: The cocktail's crisp, bright flavor profile cuts through the richness of seafood. Think crab cakes or shrimp cocktails for an elegant appetizer pairing. The lemon juice in the Clover Club brings out the seafood's fresh flavors.

Snack Pairings

Mixed Nuts: The cocktail's slight nutty undertones from the gin harmonize with almonds, cashews, or pecans. The balance of savory and sweet plays well alongside the drink's complexity.

Dark Chocolate: A piece of high-quality dark chocolate can accent the berry flavors in the raspberry syrup and add a different kind of sweetness to the palate.

Drink Pairings

Sparkling Water: A simple glass of carbonated water between sips can cleanse the palate and enhance the Clover Club's refreshing qualities.

Dry Champagne: If you're feeling festive, a dry Champagne can be a great companion to the Clover Club, linking effervescence with the cocktail's own liveliness.

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What you could change in Clover Club

  • Gin: If you're not a fan of gin, vodka can be a good substitute.
  • Raspberry Syrup: If you don't have raspberry syrup, you can use grenadine or a simple syrup with muddled raspberries.
  • Egg White: If you're vegan or allergic to eggs, you can use aquafaba (chickpea water) as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Boulevardier

Replace gin with bourbon, and use a berry-infused sweet vermouth instead of raspberry syrup. You'll end up with a Berry Boulevardier – a cocktail that strolls down the sweeter side of the street, with a bourbon backbone and an autumnal berry twist.

Peachy Club

Substitute raspberry syrup with peach syrup and add a dash of orange bitters. The Peachy Club takes you to a summer orchard, delivering a softer sweetness and a chorus of cheers from a slightly varied citrus section.

Clover Thyme

Add a sprig of thyme to the shaker and replace lemon juice with lime juice. The Clover Thyme is a herbal handshake between tradition and modernity, with a lime twist winking at you from behind the greenery.

In case you forgot basics how to make Clover Club

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Clover Club

What type of gin works best for the Clover Club cocktail?

You can use any gin you like, but traditionally, a London Dry gin is recommended because it provides a clean, crisp base allowing the fruity flavors to shine through.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemon juice?

Bottled lemon juice doesn't provide the same fresh, vibrant flavor that fresh lemon juice does. It is always recommended to use fresh ingredients for the best taste.

How can I make my own raspberry syrup?

To make raspberry syrup, you can boil equal parts of sugar and water, then add raspberries and allow them to simmer. Once they have released their juice, strain the mixture and chill it. This syrup can be stored in the refrigerator to be used in your cocktails.

What is the role of egg whites in cocktails?

Egg whites serve two purposes in cocktails. They create a smooth, velvety texture that makes the cocktail feel luxuriant, and they also create a frothy top layer that looks appealing and can hold garnishes.

Is there any non-alcoholic version of the Clover Club cocktail?

Yes, you can replace the alcohol with non-alcoholic gin or just leave it out. You may want to add a bit more lemon juice and raspberry syrup to ensure the drink isn't too sweet.

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