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Clover Club

By Harvey Johnson

Ingredients

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Raspberry Syrup

1 Egg White

Fresh Raspberry to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

116 Calories

Allergens:

Contains eggs

Servings:

Serves 1

A classic riff on the Gin Sour, the Clover Club is a deliciously balanced mixture of dry gin, tart lemon juice and sweet raspberry syrup, elevated to new textural heights by the cloud-like addition of egg-white.

Ingredients

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Raspberry Syrup

1 Egg White

Fresh Raspberry to Garnish

Method

Chill your martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin, and crack your egg and pass the yolk from one half of the shell to the other to separate it, before adding the white to the shaker.

If you get some yolk or shell in, throw it away and try again, before adding other ingredients.

Using your jigger to measure, add the gin and raspberry syrup to the shaker.

Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add it to your shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal with the Boston tin or lid, before shaking vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Using your Hawthorne strainer, strain the cocktail back into your Boston glass or shaker, discarding the ice.

Re-seal your shaker and shake for a second time without ice to aerate the egg white.

Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice if necessary and, using your fine strainer, strain your cocktail into your chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a fresh raspberry on the side of the glass.

Serve and enjoy!

History

The Clover Club is a pre-prohibition cocktail that stands up to the best. It is now made around the world and is popular among bartenders. Made up of gin, dry vermouth, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and egg whites. Most modern day recipes will omit the dry vermouth but when it is added it provides a subtle complexity and softens the drink. If this is a drink that you’d like to include on your bar hire menu then try pairing it with some equally classy, fruit forward drinks like a Pear Sidecar or a Mai Tai.

No one knows who invented the clover club or when, but it originates from the men’s club of the same name that met at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, between the 1880’s and the 1920’s. A recipe for the Clover Club was written in the New York Press in 1901. Fuelled by the notion that raspberry is a feminine flavour, Esquire magazine ran an article in 1934 calling the Clover Club a drink for ‘Pansies’, it is thought that this is when the drink began to fall out of favour with male consumers.

No one knows who invented the clover club or when, but it originates from the men’s club of the same name that met at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, between the 1880’s and the 1920’s.