Clover Club: gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, sweet Vermouth, egg white, fresh raspberries.
My favourite cocktail in the whole world may be a Polish Martini (Zubrowka Bison Grass, Krupnik and apple juice… perfection); but I really love Clover Clubs too, and hardly any bar has Krupnik in to make me a Polish Martini!
Whenever a Clover Club (or even an Aviation) appears on a menu, it’s like I can’t even see the rest of the cocktails on offer. I obviously have to go for the Clover Club!
The thing is though, Clover Clubs can be difficult to get right, and I’ve had loads of not-so-good ones over the years. It’s important that the drink is both smooth and sweet – if it’s sour then it’s just wrong.
Luckily, I’ve also sampled some extremely amazing Clover Clubs all over the world – these are my top three.
Via Marcello Malpighi 7, 20129 Milano
I absolutely loved this bar, and not just for the Clover Clubs (which were amongst the best I’ve tasted).
Amongst the glamorous designer bars in Milan lay Eppol, with its exposed brick walls, hipster clientele and creative cocktail menu.
I knew it was the place for me when I noticed that the bartender was wearing a Moschino sweater. I ordered a Clover Club followed by an Aviation, and both were extremely delicious.
I’ve debated going back to Milan for the weekend just so I can go to Eppol again. Realistically though, I’ll still end up shopping in Miu Miu and Moschino again, so for the sake of my bank balance it’s probably best if I don’t book those flights…
48 Berry Street, Liverpool, L1 4JQ
The Lost & Found in Leeds was going to feature on this list, but then I visited Berry & Rye in Liverpool and found that their Clover Clubs were even nicer – and let me tell you, Lost & Found’s Clover Clubs are pretty hard to beat!
Located on Berry Street, this Prohibition-style bar is fairly well hidden, with no signage. You’ll need to knock on the door and wait for a free table to be allowed entry.
The cocktail menu is cute, hidden inside an old fashioned book. Whilst there are lots of cocktails on offer, I’d obviously recommend going for the Clover Club!
Very smooth and not at all sour, it had that classic foam finish that all great Clover Clubs have.
Next time I’m back in Liverpool for the night, I’ll be heading straight back to Berry & Rye for a Clover Club (although I may see how their Aviation’s fare too).
Are you heading to Liverpool for a night out? Check out the bars I visited here.
Erzsébet tér 7, Budapest, 1051
On my final night in Budapest, after having spent a night by the Danube sipping cocktails at Kiosk; we finally visited Blue Fox the Bar.
Their Clover Clubs were so moreish, and not a hint of sour. Whilst the presentation may not have been on par with Eppol and Berry & Rye (where was my raspberry garnish?!) the taste more than made up for it.
And the staff – they were so friendly! To anyone who’s going to Budapest, I would definitely recommend going for a Clover Club at Blue Fox.
I’ve drunk so many Clover Clubs in so many bars in cities all over the world, and whilst I’ve had many good ones, these are truly the best of the best.
But who knows? Maybe I’ll visit somewhere else and find that their Clover Club tops the list? It’s a challenge I’m willing to accept.