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  • The Pegu Club or the Pegu is a gin-based cocktail that was the signature drink of Burma's Pegu Club. The club was located just outside Rangoon, and its membership comprised only foreigners, who were senior government and military officials and prominent businessmen. The recipe appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930 by Harry Craddock and was called The Pegu Club Cocktail. However, it appears to be first listed in "Barflies and Cocktails" by Harry McElhone of the famous Harry's New York Bar in Paris. The Pegu is a Burmese river. The Pegu Club is best served in a chilled glass and is considered a hot weather drink. Its taste is reminiscent of grapefruit and some bartenders will garnish it with a twist of grapefruit peel or slice of fresh grapefruit, although it is commonly served with a slice of lime to complement the lime juice in the drink. The Pegu Cocktail has all but disappeared from memory in present-day Myanmar, however there has been a resurgence in awareness and availability due to tourism.

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