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Many classic gin cocktails date back many years and The Clover Club cocktail is no exception. The drink dates back to 1800’s Philadelphia, where it was invented at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. Similar to other pre-prohibition cocktails the drink found itself all but extinct if it was not for the help of a Brooklyn bar of the cocktail name offering the sweet mixture for its patrons.

The pink gin drink requires only 4 ingredients. Gin, as the base, lemon juice for tartiness, raspberry syrup for sweetness, and an egg white for foaminess. The thought of an egg white in a cocktail might sound daunting, but there is a special flavor and a creamy, velvety texture that comes from the addition.

Some recipes call for alteration and additions such as grenadine to replace the raspberry syrup or vermouth to add a light bitter taste. In our experience they alter the flavor too much to be considered The Clover Club, but we do find that the unique alterations are great in a sense that they allow the option to enjoy the cocktail based on personal flavor pallets.

When it comes to shaking the cocktail, some prefer dry shaking (shaking with no ice) for about 15 seconds prior to shaking with ice for about 30 seconds to form a frothier texture. However, we find that shaking with ice for a bit longer does the trick as well.

We suggest trying it both ways and seeing which you personally prefer. Although, we do strongly suggest pouring the drink through a fine mesh strainer in order to avoid any small pieces of ice from entering the cocktail and watering it down.

The Clover Club

Prep time

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  • 2 Ounces Gin
  • 3/4 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Ounce Raspberry Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • Ice


Into a cocktail shaker add in the ice, gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white.

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with raspberries, sip, and enjoy.


    If you’re looking for even more cocktail inspiration, be sure to check out our cocktail section on the website for even more delicious drink ideas. Happy sipping!

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