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Clover Club, Swank Cocktail #24

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Clover Club cocktail
Clover Club cocktail

The Clover Club is cocktail number 24 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

Clover Club cocktail history

The Clover Club Cocktail is believed to have been created at the Clover Club in Philadelphia, which began meeting at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in January 1882.

Per the newspaper article covering the Clover Club’s first-anniversary party in 1883:

“The club was organized in January of last year, essentially as a dining association of men who appreciate the joys of the table and the pleasures of hospitality.”

“The Clover Club, Its First Anniversary Dinner,” newspaper article, Lancaster Intelligencer (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), 24 Jan 1883, p. 1, col. 2.
“The Clover Club, Its First Anniversary Dinner,” newspaper article, Lancaster Intelligencer (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), 24 Jan 1883, p. 1, col. 2. [Click image to read full article]
Clover Banquet Room, Bellevue Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia postcard ca. 1910
Clover Banquet Room, Bellevue Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia postcard ca. 1910

By 1909, the recipe for the Clover Club cocktail was widely-published across the U.S.

“A New Drink Arrives,” newspaper article, The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 16 May 1909, section 2, p. 1, col. 6.
“A New Drink Arrives,” newspaper article, The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 16 May 1909, section 2, p. 1, col. 6.

Clover Club cocktail recipe

Clover Club cocktail recipe
Clover Club cocktail recipe

2/3 Dry Gin, 1/3 Grenadine, Juice of 1/2 Lime, 1 Egg White. Shake well with ice and strain.

Ingredients used:

  • Glendalough Gin
  • Rose’s Grenadine
  • Fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Pete and Gerry’s pasteurized egg whites

Clover Club cocktail review

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As the 1909 newspaper article stated, the Clover Club is “mild and refreshing.” .

We recognize this cocktail contains raw egg whites so, while we made this beverage with pasteurized egg whites and enjoyed this cocktail, we don’t recommend drinking anything with raw eggs, so our advice is to skip this one.

Next up… Cocktail #25, Coffee Cocktail

Swank Cocktail Guide: 80 cocktails in 80 days

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