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The Science of Cocktails: Clover Club

  • April 25, 2022

Nothing says summer quite like a sun-warmed raspberry, freshly picked from the bush. And although we’re not quite there yet (I’m still willing my daffodils to show their pretty little heads), the inimitable Clover Club will give you both nostalgia for summers past and hope for the one that is just around the seasonal corner.

The combination of fresh lemon and raspberries gives this wonderful cocktail not only its divine taste but offer numerous health benefits too.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C (one lemon will give you about 1/3 of the recommended daily intake) which is well known for its immune-boosting properties and its role in helping absorb iron into the body.  They also contain calcium and potassium, both of which are important to muscle function. Lemons aid digestion and help keep your blood glucose level stable, which can help in lowering the risk of developing type two diabetes or help those with the disease in its management.

Raspberries, too, contain vitamin C, but also magnesium and folate, which play protective roles in maintaining overall health. These beautiful little red delights have also been studied for their potential for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in certain populations. Another interesting study investigated the anti-inflammatory characteristics of raspberries and made connections to reducing the risks of developing cancer. These characteristics have also been studied in relation to relieving arthritis and even lowering the risk of developing the disease.

A cup of raspberries has only around 60 calories, making them the perfect sweet snack when you’re watching your weight (or even if you’re not!). Raspberries have a low glycemic index and are high in fiber, which makes them a useful little fruit for maintaining stable blood sugar levels.

The raspberry season isn’t a long one, but here’s some good news: research has shown that freezing raspberries has no impact on the nutrition profile – the levels of vitamins and phytonutrients remain the same in frozen berries as in fresh ones.

Related to the rose (no wonder they’re so beautiful!), raspberries are actually “druplets” – meaning they are actually little bunches of tiny pink berries that are tightly clustered together to form one fruit. While red raspberries are the most well-known and are the star of today’s cocktail, the fruit comes in a surprising number of colors – including purple, black, golden and white.

Clover Club

Syrup Ingredients

  • 1c sugar
  • ½c fresh red raspberries
  • ½oz vodka (optional)

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz raspberry syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 red raspberries for garnish



Add sugar and ½c water to a pot.
Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Reduce heat to low, add raspberries, and macerate into a pulp.
Fine strain to remove the berry’s tiny seeds.
Add 1/2 oz vodka as a preservative (optional).
Refrigerate in a jar until ready for use.

Clover Club Cocktail
Add the gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup and egg white into a shaker with ice.
Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with 3 raspberries speared on a toothpick or stirrer.