Classic Cocktail: Pegu Club
|A Pegu Club cocktail at the Pegu Club in May of 2018|
Last week would have marked the 15 year anniversary of Audrey Saunders' Pegu Club in NYC. Alas, the pandemic brought an early demise to her influential cocktail bar, but I was lucky enough to have had a couple of drinks there two summers ago on a hot NYC day when the bar was mostly empty. When I checked the Pegu Club off of my bartender bucket list I didn't know it would be last call. The Pegu Club cocktail recipe below was the house specialty of a British social club in Burma (Myanmar) in the 1920s. It found its way to Harry's New York Bar where it gained longevity, and in the early 2000s became the name of Saunders' bar. Let's toast to the end of an era gone too soon.
The Pegu Club2 oz dry gin
.75 oz orange liqueur/high quality triple sec
.75 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 dash of Angostura bitters
1-2 dash of orange bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled and diluted, about 20-30 seconds. Double strain into a coupe and garnish with a lime wheel.
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