Classic: Clover Club


This beautiful lady was inspired by the current season. Spring is raspberry time and who doesn’t love raspberries? Terrible people, that’s who.

Photos by ADV Photography

If you’ve read some of my other posts on this blog, you’ll notice that I tend to gravitate to elderflower liqueur and egg whites quite a bit; the latest example being the mad experiment known as the Dillight. Like its cousin, the Clover Club highlights its key ingredient – in this case, fresh raspberries!


1 ½ oz gin
½ oz St. Germain Elderflower
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz raspberry syrup
Egg white
Cranberry bitters

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all of the ingredients except the cranberry bitters and shake vigorously. Strain out the ice and give it a vigorous dry shake. Double strain into a coupe and add the cranberry bitters on top. Finish by garnishing with three fresh raspberries.

Raspberry Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh raspberries

Add ingredients to saucepan over medium-high heat. Muddle the raspberries in the pan and stir everything together to dissolve the sugar. At the first hint of a boil, remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Double strain contents into a bottle and refrigerate.


Don’t let the appearance fool you. It may look like a delicate cocktail, but it can pack quite a punch. I’ve served it at a few private events and it’s been a huge hit; people loved how it tasted and how it looked in the hand – a definite classy cocktail. And dipping the raspberries in that silky foam is as sexy as any chocolate-covered strawberry.

And although anyone can enjoy this drink, the answer is ‘yes’. It will win her over.


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