The Story Behind The Caribbean Club

The original Clover Club is one of America’s earliest cocktails on record. Created in pre-Prohibition Philadelphia, it was first mentioned in writing circa 1897. I wanted to give this classic a little kick, so I played around a little and came up with a 21st- century variation.

The first change I made was the base spirit. Gin was popular in turn-of-the-century America, but I wanted to update it with good white rum. Next, I swapped the raspberry simple syrup for bright, tangy lemon curd. When mixed with the lemon juice the curd tasted a bit sour, so I added a dash of simple syrup. The egg white gives the cocktail a beautiful texture, so I left it as is. Finally, I went with the traditional garnish: three fresh raspberries. The color contrast is striking and, best of all, they’re delicious.


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce lemon curd
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3 raspberries


  1. Put all the ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice
  2. Shake, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with three speared raspberries

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Updated: 2020-05-19

Caribbean Club Recipe