The Pegu Club Cocktail


The Pegu Club was a Victorian style Gentlemen’s club in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). It was built in the 1880s to serve the British army officers and civilian administrators after the annexation of Upper Burma in 1885. It is located on Pyay Road opposite the Russian embassy. The Pegu is a Burmese river. The Pegu Club Cocktail, or the Pegu, is a gin based cocktail that was the signature drink of that gentleman’s club in Burma. The recipe famously appeared in the “Savoy Cocktail Book” of 1930 by Harry Craddock. However it appears to be first listed in “Barflies and Cocktails” by Harry McElhone of the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.

This is a very refreshing drink. The temptation is to drink them too fast, especially if you are hot. But slow down and sip these slowly as you watch the sun set. Let the last rays of the sum wash over you as the coolness of this drinks spreads through your body as the cool night spreads across the sky. Relax.

The Pegu Club Cocktail


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Orange Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • dash Angostura Bitters
  • dash Regan’s Orange Bitters


  1. Build in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  4. Garnish with lime twist.


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