The Clover Club is a light gin and raspberry based cocktail which thanks to the addition of a splash of dry vermouth somehow pulls off a level of unexpected elegance from its simple ingredients.
The cocktail was created at a Philadelphia members club of the same name at the turn of the 20th century. The Clover Club hosted titans of industry, literature and finance up until 1920.
The opening dinner menu for the club included Siberian Punch (a cocktail of thick cream, eggs, cornstarch and brandy) alongside a main dish of stewed terrapin.
Perhaps understandably, many of the items served at the Clover Club have faded into obscurity but fortunately the wonderful eponymous cocktail has staged a resurgence since the turn of the 21st century.
- 40ml Hepple Gin
15ml Carpano Dry Vermouth
- 20ml Lemon juice
- 15ml Raspberry syrup
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with raspberry dust, or a fresh raspberry