Clover Club Cocktail, 1943 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Feb 7 2014 - 4:20am by RetroRuth

Are you ready for a Clover Club Cocktail?


This one is a cocktail we have been meaning to try for a long time, mostly because of the raw egg white in it.


Clover Club Cocktail
  • 1 part gin
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • 1 egg white
  1. Shake well in cracked ice until very cold.

Just a quick note, we used a pasteurized egg white from a carton for this drink. Don’t eat (or drink) raw eggs!



“Do you like it?”

“I don’t…know.”

The Verdict: Interesting

From The Tasting Notes:

This cocktail is pretty good, but a little unusual. There is a strong citrus flavor from the lime, but it is tempered by the grenadine. You can taste the gin, but it isn’t too strong. Not sure about the egg white. The drink has sort of a smooth thickness to it. You can’t really taste the egg white, though, it is just a texture thing.

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ann February 7, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Our household loves these, but we found a slightly different (classic?) recipe in the book “Imbibe.” We used a same or similar recipe as yours from Ruhlman originally. The Imbibe recipe subs raspberry cocktail syrup for grenadine and lemon for lime. We have played with the ratios over time to suit our tastes and changed a regular gin for an old school gin (which is thicker and has a different mouthfeel) like Hayman’s Old Tom. Careful though, they can be easy drinking. Cheers!

  2. Lassie February 10, 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I’d love to make this. It just sounds so nice, so elegant. I don’t know what The Clover Club was, but I have just the perfect purple satin retro gown to wear to dinner there!

  3. Matt March 1, 2014 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Just wanted to note, egg white is a very common ingredient in vintage cocktails, either for thickness in stirred drinks or foam in shaken ones. Not as bizarre as it sounds.

  4. Sandy July 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I would like to make this minus the egg white. It’s a nostalgia thing!

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