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Clover Club Cocktail

Chill a cocktail glass. Dry shake all ingredients first with no ice.  Add ice cubes or large lumps to the shaker and shake again vigorously.  Strain into the chilled glass.  No garnish.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Category Cocktail
Tags 1880-1919 (Golden Age)
Proof 32.7
Strength 1.6 standard drinks
Glass Cocktail Glass
Temp Cold

The Clover Club Cocktail originated at the Philadelphia men's club of that name in the early 20th Century.  The cocktail grew to be wildly popular for a short time before Prohibition put a damper on the raspberry/gin party.  It lingered on in the dusty pages of old cocktail books and in lists of ladies drinks (it is pink in color).

I have seen a mild comeback for this drink on craft cocktail bar menus, so things are looking up for Clover Club Cocktail after a long slumber.  It's a solid cocktail that I would choose over a similarly colored Cosmopolitan.

The dry shake is used to thoroughly break up the egg white.  And according to Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash you can use either lime or lemon juice for the acid in this drink.  I slightly prefer lime juice so I have prescribed it in the recipe.  Feel free to try lemon juice if you wish (or both).

I make my own single strength raspberry syrup - click on it for the recipe.  If you got your syrup at the store you may need to tweak the quantity used to balance this cocktail (try backing off to 2 tsp for a double sweet 90 calorie/oz syrup).

One variation of a Clover Club Cocktail is a Clover Leaf.  The only change is garnishing with a mint leaf (slap it first to release the oil).

Rating (Liquor & Drink)


Beefeater gin, lime juice, homemade raspberry syrup. 5/3/2010


Beefeater gin, lemon juice, homemade raspberry syrup. 5/3/2010

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