How to make the Pegu Club, or finding the connection between colonial Burma and your cocktail glass

How to Make the Pegu ClubAfter a long absence of new content, I am happy to announce that Broke &  Thirsty is back up and running!  Now that warmth has once again graced the North East of the US, we will get back to make fantastic classic cocktails at reasonable prices.  Today’s elegant cocktail is a lovely gin-based sipper from the days of Colonial British Burma.  A gentlemen’s club in Rangoon frequented by British military types was the birthplace and namesake for this delicious cocktail: the Pegu Club.  While the club itself was sadly burned down by the Japanese during the turmoil that was WWII, the Pegu Club cocktail has had world wide success and deserves your attention.

The Pegu Club
  • 2 parts Gin (1.5 ounces)
  • 1 part Curacao (0.75 ounces)
  • lime juice (~1 tsp)
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • garnish: lime twist

Add all ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and stir.  Stir just enough to chill the cocktail, but not enough to dilute its unique flavor profile (about 15 seconds).  Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime twist.  The subtle profile of this cocktail relies on the choice of gin.  Juniper forward gin’s like Tanqueray may make a great Gin and Tonic, but for the Pegu Club you want a smoother, more balanced gin.  For the premium cocktail where cost is no concern, gins like Beefeater, Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire are no-brainers for the Pegu Club, but their price point makes it a much more pricey cocktail than necessary.  For an excellent balanced bargain cocktail, I recommend New Amsterdam Gin.  This perfectly priced handle of gin (it should cost you between $16-18) is unbelievably smooth and not too heavy on any one botanical.  New Amsterdam Gin will let the bitters and lime juice really pop in this refreshing classic and is sure to make you a Pegu Club fan.

Total cost per drink: ~$1.06

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Posted in Cheap Cocktails, Dollar Drinks, Gin, Liqueur

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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