Drink of the Week: Pegu Club

I was recently researching bitters for an upcoming Calgary Herald column. Keen to try a new drink with bitters that used gin (not vodka; I feel like I’ve been giving vodka too much play recently) I stumbled across the Pegu Club on the Internet.

Never heard of it? Neither had I. The drink is appropriately exotic — it was popular among British soldiers in Rangoon (then Burma) in the 1920s — and it combines ingredients that should go well together: gin, orange liqueur, lime juice and bitters. It’s also strong, so be careful!

A boozy drink with bitters — what’s not to love?

Pegu Club

  • 2 oz London dry gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier (I used Cointreau)
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Orange wheel garnish

Shake everything with cracked ice, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

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