I absolutely love trying out new cocktail recipes, and one that has quickly become a favorite of mine is the Clover Club. This classic cocktail is not only delicious, but it also has an interesting history behind it. Today, I want to share with you the recipe for the Clover Club and some personal touches and commentary that I’ve added to make it truly unique.
The Clover Club cocktail originated in the late 19th century and was named after the Clover Club, a social club in Philadelphia. It was a favorite among the club’s members, who would often gather to enjoy this refreshing drink during their meetings.
The original recipe for the Clover Club consisted of gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and a dash of egg white. Over the years, variations of the recipe have emerged, but the core ingredients have remained the same.
My Personal Twist
While the traditional Clover Club is already delicious, I’ve added my own personal touches to elevate the flavors and make it even more enjoyable.
First, I like to use a high-quality gin that has a good balance of botanicals. This adds depth and complexity to the cocktail. Additionally, I prefer using freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled juice for a fresher taste.
Instead of using store-bought raspberry syrup, I make my own by muddling fresh raspberries and then straining the juice. This gives the drink a vibrant pink color and enhances the natural sweetness of the raspberries.
Lastly, instead of just a dash of egg white, I like to add a little more to create a velvety texture and a foamy top. It adds a luxurious touch to the drink.
The Clover Club Recipe
To make my version of the Clover Club cocktail, you will need:
- 2 oz gin
- 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 oz homemade raspberry syrup
- 1 egg white
To prepare the cocktail:
- Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to ensure everything is well mixed and chilled.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a fresh raspberry or a lemon twist.
Now, sit back and enjoy the delightful combination of flavors in your homemade Clover Club cocktail. The gin provides a botanical backdrop, the lemon juice adds a citrusy tang, and the raspberry syrup brings a subtle sweetness. The egg white gives the drink a velvety texture and a frothy top, making it a visual treat as well.
The Clover Club cocktail is a classic drink that has stood the test of time. By adding my own personal touches, I’ve been able to create a version that is truly special and unique. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply want to treat yourself to a delicious cocktail, give the Clover Club a try. Cheers!