This Queen Bee is bringing you another classic cocktail that has been in the bar scene for decades – the Clover Club! It is a cocktail filled with fruity, foamy goodness with each sip you take. It’s visually stunning and a delicious treat all in one. This is essentially a variation on a sour cocktail, and I can’t wait for you to try this one out.
The Clover Club is a rich libation with a rich history to back it. The Clover Club was named after a Philadelphia gentlemen’s club of the same name, which was established all the way back in the 1880s. This is one of my favorite aspects revolving the world of mixology. It’s not just about tasty sippers but the history behind them! Since then, it’s evolved from a local Philly cocktail to a classic enjoyed around the world. So, what goes into this concoction?
This is essentially a gin sour cocktail, which I feel you can’t go wrong with. Let’s start off with what the gin has to offer! Gin is a distinctive and versatile spirit known for its unique flavor, which primarily comes from juniper berries. Depending on the type of gin you get you’ll also be able to pick up notes of different botanicals and herbs. This is exactly the complexity the spirit brings to this recipe and it’s definitely needed to elevate the entire cocktail experience.
Sticking with the foundation of a sour cocktail, the addition of lemon juice is crucial. Not only is this a key element of the Clover Club, but it adds some brightness and zest that pairs beautifully with gin.
As for the sweetener, I went with a raspberry syrup. It’s actually what gives the cocktail that subtle pink hue. If you ask me, this is the ingredient that sets this classic apart from your everyday sour.
Finally, to make a pleasant and frothy finish, we’re going to add egg whites to be shaken up with the other ingredients. This will allow the cocktail to become well balanced while also creating a thick, velvety texture. Yum!
Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Then shake vigorously until mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds. Add ice and shake once again to chill.
Step 3: Strain into a coupe glass and garnish.
The Clover Club cocktail’s journey from a gentlemen’s club in Philadelphia to a staple in the modern craft cocktail scene is a testament to the enduring appeal of classic cocktails and the rich history they carry with them. It’s sweet, frothy, and refreshing which is everything you want in a cocktail.
Give this recipe a try this weekend!