Pegu Club

How one nautical outpost of the British Empire gave rise to the famous Pegu cocktail.

Like all of its ilk, the Pegu Club had a bar, and like all such bars, this one had its house cocktail. Unlike the Muthaiga Country Club and the Ootacamund Club, though, the Pegu Club managed to insert its — a delightful and refreshing combination of gin (naturally), lime juice, orange curaçao, and a couple of other thises and thats — into the annals of mixology. As master mixologist Harry Craddock observed in 1930, the Pegu Club Cocktail "has travelled, and is asked for, around the world."