The 9-Bottle Bar Recipe: The Pegu Club

The 9-Bottle Bar Recipe: The Pegu Club

Roger Kamholz
Apr 18, 2014
(Image credit: Roger Kamholz)

This drink, which supposedly originated at the bar of a British private club in the Burmese capital of Rangoon sometime in the 1920s, is squarely in the wheelhouse of the 9-Bottle Bar. It calls for four of the nine bottles, with lime juice as a fifth, acidity-adding ingredient.

(Image credit: Roger Kamholz)

Being a British invention by way of a steamy ex-colony, the Pegu Club starts with London dry gin and then goes long on both citrus and bitters. In fact, the build is pretty darn close to that of the Margarita.

The Pegu Club

Serves 1

2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce orange curaçao
3/4 ounce lime juice
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters

Add the ingredients to a Boston shaker or cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass.

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