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Jul 28, 2008 07:28 PM

Got Pegu Club?

Hi there Hounds,
I'm on a very narrowly defined quest, Simply, I'd like find out if there's any consensus out there of who makes the most consistently killer Pegu Club cocktails in Greater Boston. For those of you who may not be familiar with this ultimate, IMO, summer libation, it's was first poured in the British Officers Club, Rangoon, Burma of the 1920's.

Here's a link if your not familiar with this this cocktail and are curious about its history or would just like to mix a couple or twelve of them at home.


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  1. Never had it, but I've seen it ordered at CuchiCuchi in Cambridge before.

        1. re: Rubee

          Confirming ESK - and I'm pretty sure one of the bartenders at ESK told me the Pegu Club NYC founder and mixologist Audrey Saunders has been there personally and is a influence of theirs. I bet Green St would also do it well but can't vouch personally for that.

          1. re: rlh

            BTW - The important bit I nearly forgot - Johnnie's on the Side does what the call a Hendrick's Club coctail which is inspired by the Pegu Clubk cocktail.

            A bit of an aside - we have been making what the Esquire Handbook for Hosts calls a 'Maiden's Prayer' but frequently substituting lime juice for lemon out of personal preference... 1/4 dry gin, 1/4 Cointreau, 1/4 lemon juice, dash of orange bitters, ice and shake well.

            Who knew that we may have been craving a Pegu Club Cocktail all this time!?!

      1. The best are at Chez Alcachofa. ;-)

        Seriously, any of the usual "best bar/bartender" suspects should be able to crank one out. I (politely) directed a bartender at Beehive on how to make one, and it was great. It isn't really hard to make. The key is that most bars simply do not use fresh squeezed juices in their drinks.

        1. Eastern Standard. No doubt. Although, it was the first one I ever had, so it defined the genre for me, but it so amazingly perfect.

          1. I don't think this is one of the tougher cocktails to make properly. The only ingredient not found in most bars will be the orange bitters. Simple recipe (albeit not widely known), no fancy technique, really. I think the last one I had was at Toro or the bar at No. 9. I like gin cocktails, but I should think of this one more often; besides being tasty, it has a great backstory.

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Where can one buy orange bitters?

              1. re: phoebek

                Brix usually have a good selection of bitters.

                1. re: phoebek

                  The Angostura and the Regan's are great. I have a bottle of Fee's at home and it's totally serviceable. Here's an interesting article on orange bitters in general initiated by Angostura getting into the game.

                  1. re: sailormouth

                    sailor, have you purchased Angostura Orange bitters in the Boston area? If so, where?

                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      I don't believe angostura orange are available in brick and mortar establishments yet, but I purchased some from (actually, but through amazon). They are pricey, but well worth it, a notably different beast than either fee's or especially regans, and they make for a great addition to your bitters arsenal.

                      1. re: Alcachofa

                        My bottle was brought back by a friend visiting the UK. It is allegedly being distributed in the US "soon", but I have yet to see it retailed here.

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          A nice bloke has been supplying the finer cocktail bars with Angostura Orange bitters for a little while.

                        2. re: Alcachofa

                          I haven't bought it yet, just had some drinks with it (I think at Green St).

                          In case you were tempted, I recommend avoiding Angostura's website like the plague.