The Story Behind The White Port Clover Club
The Clover Club cocktail is tart and refreshing, combining the flavors of gin, lemon, and raspberry syrup, topped with a layer of froth. I wondered how I might translate those flavors into a low-alcohol version for friends and guests who were drinking less.
I thought back to a recent visit to Porto, Portugal, where dry white port, a fortified white wine, is used in aperitifs like the porto tonico. With its citrus palate and wonderful notes of stone fruit, dry port would have enough depth of character to swap in for gin at a much lower alcohol level.
Then I turned to the raspberries. Muddling fresh raspberries with grenadine would give vibrant color and flavor. And for a sweetener, I wanted something with more complexity than simple syrup, so I tried out a honey syrup that lingers pleasantly on the palate. The result is a refreshing cocktail with all the flavor and charm of the original, in a more sessionable format.
Honey Syrup Ingredients
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup water
Honey Syrup Directions
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Simmer until honey is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.