Pegu Club

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Cocktail History

The Pegu Club is a classic cocktail that was created in the 1920s at a navy officers’ club of the same name in Rangoon, Burma. It is traditionally made with gin, citrus, and bitters, and it became popular worldwide when expats visited the club and brought the recipe back home. By 1948 Burma had become an independent country, and the drink had all but faded from memory until Audrey Saunders, owner of the former gin-focused bar in New York City, revived it in 2005.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We decided to use Prairie Organic Navy Strength Gin for its high alcohol content and its notes of lemon zest, angelica root, and blended spices.

Orange Curaçao: This is a citrus liqueur that adds sweet orange flavor. We used Grand Marnier because it offers additional notes of Cognac, orange, and vanilla bean.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Orange Bitters: This adds a bit of the citrus’s sweet flavor to balance out the other ingredients. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Lime Twist: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh lime aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Pegu Club features aromas of gin and citrus and the taste of strong gin botanicals accented by the lime’s sourness and the bitters’ spice on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: If you’re in the mood to get three sheets to the wind, this cocktail will certainly get you there! While its taste is quite gin-forward (and by gin-forward we mean it’s, as Alex’s grandmothers would say, like “drinking a spruce tree”), it has a hint of bitterness that makes it flavorful and very easy to sip. Overall, we both really liked this recipe!

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Navy Strength Gin
 ½ oz Orange Curaçao
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Lime Twist

Method
1

Add gin, orange curaçao, lime juice, Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Navy Strength Gin
 ½ oz Orange Curaçao
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Lime Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, orange curaçao, lime juice, Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime twist.

Pegu Club

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More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Manhattan: A whiskey cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peels, and a cherry

 Vesper Martini: A gin and vodka cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and a lemon twist

 Martinez: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and orange bitters

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

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