British Revival: The Pegu Club Cocktail

Practice your at home cocktail making skills by making this relatively unknown classic

The Pegu Club Cocktail dates back to the late 1800s. It originated at its namesake hangout, the Pegu Club, a social establishment for British officers near the gulf of Martaban in Burma. Legendary mixologist Harry Craddock wrote in his famous 1930 “Savoy Cocktail Book” that the Pegu Club Cocktail “has traveled and been asked for around the world.” Craddock was right as the cocktail made its way Stateside, to much fanfare. It may look like a sweet drink, but if made properly (plenty of gin and bitters) it packs a punch—no pun intended.

The original Pegu Club no longer exists, but head down to 77 West Houston Street in New York’s Soho and you’ll find the modern day Pegu Club, a legend in its own right. If you appreciate not only the finished product, but what goes into making a world-class cocktail you won’t be disappointed by the care that is put into each of the elegant bar’s signature cocktails.




Pegu Club Cocktail


2 parts gin

1 part orange Curacao

Juice of 1 lime

Dash of angostura bitters

Dash of orange bitters



Mix ingredients in shaker with ice and strain in martini glass. Add lime peel sliver for garnish.