The Pegu Club Cocktail has a rich and storied history. It was invented in the early 1920s by the head bartender at the British Club in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). The Pegu Club was a well-known gathering place for British expats and the drink was created to satisfy their cravings for something different.
The original recipe for the Pegu Club Cocktail includes gin as its base. You can use a variety of gins, from London Dry to Navy Strength, depending on your preference. The other ingredients include orange liqueur such as Cointreau, lime juice, and orange bitters. All ingredients should be shaken with ice and strained into a chilled glass. Traditionally, a martini glass is used, but a rocks glass works just as well.
To garnish the Pegu Club Cocktail, a twist of lime peel is the classic choice. You can also use a few drops of orange bitters for a unique flavor.
Here is a simple recipe for making the Pegu Club Cocktail at home:
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 dashes of orange bitters
Cocktail Mixing Instructions:
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add all of the ingredients to the shaker and shake vigorously.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass or rocks glass.
- Garnish with a twist of lime peel and a few drops of orange bitters (optional).
This classic cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and sour, with the gin and orange liqueur providing a strong base and the lime juice providing a bright and tart finish. Whether you choose to use a martini glass or rocks glass, the Pegu Club Cocktail is sure to be a hit with your friends and family.
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