Pegu Club Recipe

Pegu Club

Named for the famous Pegu Club in Burma, the Pegu Club cocktail is a classic of the colonial era. The Pegu Club was a haven for British colonists who, thanks to a healthy dose of racism and general snobbery, didn’t want to interact with the locals when they were socializing.

Membership was limited to those who were unanimously approved by the existing members, determined anonymously by each person placing a white or black marble into a jar. A single black marble meant that the applicant would be denied, giving rise to the phrase “blackballed.”


2 oz gin
0.75 oz dry curaçao
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
Dash Angostura bitters
Dash orange bitters

Preparation: How to make a Pegu Club

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
Pegu Club