Gin Cocktail – No 2 – Hope Clover Club

gin cocktail clover club and hope african botanical gin

With the recent unrest in our country and then the amazing sense of unity and community that has since followed, I thought that a gin cocktail recipe from Hope Distillery would be appropriate.

Hope Distillery was the first licensed small-batch distillery in Cape Town. Hope African botanical gin celebrates South Africa’s fynbos and is distilled from local grain spirit and infused with 8 botanicals, which includes kapokbos and buchu. According to Hope, “This is South Africa in a glass”.

The Clover Club is a cocktail that consists of gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and egg white (which acts as an emulsifier). If raw egg white creeps you out slightly, you can also use aquafaba which is chickpea brine, or a wonderful plant-based product from Beverage Chefs called Eezeefoam

The Hope Clover Club Gin Cocktail


60 ml Hope African Botanical gin

1 egg white / 25 ml aquafaba (chickpea brine) / Eezee foam

15 ml fresh lemon juice

15 ml simple syrup (see recipe below)

5-6 fresh raspberries



Gently muddle 3-4 of the raspberries with the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.

Add the gin, egg white, lemon juice and shake well for 30 seconds.

Then add ice and shake again to chill.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with some speared raspberries.

Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Dissolve the sugar in the water over a medium heat.

Pour into a glass jar to cool.

Can be refrigerated for up to a month or frozen.

See More Gin Cocktails

No 1 – The Ugly Negroni

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4 Responses

  1. This sounds delectable and looks scintillating. A nice touch to include the aquafaba option for vegans.

  2. Carla, it is my birthday on Friday. I might just try this as part of the celebrations. Vegan version or otherwise.
    I don’t know if you recall an advert for a toilet cleaner. It could have been before you were a toddler. As a rip off we would ask “Would you like a gin and Harpic?” The answer was a take on the punchline and a clever play on words. – “No thanks. I’m clean round the bend already” .

    1. Happy birthday for Friday Peter. I hope that you can find raspberries at the moment. Haha, no I don’t remember the advert, but if it was a TV ad, I was way older than a toddler when TV arrived in SA.

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