I started making this drink back when I first heard about it in 2006. I used to favor some pretty hefty proportions, but I’ve tamed my version of the drink down just a little in recent years.
This drink was created at the Pegu Club in Rangoon, Burma, probably in the 1920s. According to Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Club of 1930, people traveled the world round asking for this drink. It fell from popularity sometime around WWII, but its complex flavors and refreshing taste are well suited to today’s cocktail enthusiasts.
Here is the cocktail as I make it today, as adjusted for the modern palate. I’ve tried a lot of different recipes for this one, and I find this version to be the most balanced while staying true to the spirit of the original.
Pegu Club (Morgenthaler's Proportions) Print Me
- 1½ oz/45 ml London dry gin
- 1 oz/30 ml Cointreau
- ¾ oz/22.5 ml fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp/5 ml simple syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 dash orange bitters
- Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice cubes
- Shake well until cold
- Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with a lime wheel
Recipe printed courtesy of jeffreymorgenthaler.com