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Cocktails by Consensus: Pegu Club Cocktail

 

Pegu Club Cocktail

Site FooBooz Esquire Bitter Truth Pegu Blog: Classic Pegu Blog: Modern Wichita Crave Gin "Long Pour" 2oz. 2 oz. 3 oz. 3 oz. 1.5 oz. Cointreau 3/4 oz - - 1 oz. 1 oz. .5 oz. Lime Juice splash 3/4 oz 1/3 oz 1 oz. 1 oz. .75 oz. Angoustra Bitters 1 dash 1 dash - 2-4 dashes 2-4 dashes 2 dashes Orange Bitters 1 dash 1 dash 2 dash - - - Orange Curacao - 3/4 oz. 3/4 oz. - - - "Aromatic Bitters" - - 1 dash - - - Egg White - - - 1 tsp - -

Here’s a particularly contentious drink, where little consensus seems to exist as to what is the ideal recipe. So here we are to add a little bit of clarity, or a little bit of confusion to what is perhaps one of the most crowd-pleasing gin drinks of the late nineteenth century.

First, for a brief history: the Pegu Club Cocktail comes straight of Victorian era-colonialism. The Pegu Club was a famous cocktail bar in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly, Rangoon, Burma) where foreign officials and elites gathered to drink in a then-fashionable gentleman’s club.

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Cocktails

Negroni Week: Cocktailing by Consensus (Revised, August 2011)

Aaron’s Note: Please excuse this re-post. This isn’t something we normally do around here, but seeing as how this week we’re covering the Negroni cocktail in depth, I felt it worthwhile to re-post this blog post I did earlier this year on the delicious and stimulating cocktail (with a few new editorial comments) Cheers!

Generally the Negroni is considered a “pre-dinner” drink. The bitters, often Campari is designed to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Apertifs and Digestifs in particular are more common in Italian culture; therefore the reputed origin of the Negroni- say Florence, Italy, somewhere around 1919?

Regardless of origin, this drink is classic; however uncommon it may be. In its most general form a Negroni consists of gin (surprise, surprise!), sweet red vermouth, and a bitters/campari. Though in theory an alternative like Cynar could be used, most cocktailians seem to agree that this is a drink for Campari. Though other variations exist, I don’t know if I would call them a true Negroni.

  Source #1 Source #2 Source #3 Source #4 Gin 1 part 1 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz. Vemouth 1 part 3/4 oz. 1 oz.

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Cocktails

The Gimlet

It’s not just for preventing scurvy anymore.

The gimlet is among the simplest drinks in existence. Gin + Rose’s Lime Juice.  (fresh food types should be aware that if you substitute Fresh for Rose’s you end up with a Gin Rickey.) The devil in the Gimlet is in the ratio though.

If we start at the most extreme version (dating to 1953) we need only a 1:1 ratio of Rose’s Lime to Gin.  For many cocktail drinkers, this might be unbearably sweet. Most recipes use less lime juice.

Unsurprisingly, the Rose’s lime juice site recommends the 1:1 ratio also, which coincidentally uses the most of their product. Drinksmixer barely tips the scales in favor of gin advocating a 5:4 ratio. The “Mad Men” inspired version of the Gimlet recommends a 2:1 ratio in addition to a whole slew of lime slices. Also, ignore the fact they use Vodka, despite vodka not being popular in gimlets until much later. You’re not going to Mad Men for an accurate portrayal of the period, right? Back on topic, Esquire is a fan of the 3:1 ratio. Drink of the Week bills the Gimlet as a “martini alternative” and suggests a 4:1 ratio.

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Gin Reviews

Bluecoat Gin

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The case of Bluecoat, the “American Dry Gin” is an interesting one.  It comes in a bright blue bottle and is sure to stand out on your shelf— one might say it is beaming with American pride. It’s made in Philadelphia and has a four grain base which includes corn, wheat, barley and rye. But really, all of this information isn’t going to help you. Let me some up this gin in one word: Citrus.

You can taste the prickly warmth of the Juniper, but it is above all a citrusy gin. The strongest tasting notes are orange, orange, and maybe hits of lemon and lime. There’s also the slightest taste of clove or anise in there too, but in drinking and mixing this should be treated as a citrus gin above all. In determining whether or not Bluecoat would be appropriate in a cocktail, one should ask, “is citrus the primary flavor of this drink?” I’ve made a flow chart to help the sophisticated bartender determine how to best use this gin in their arsenal.

This is another gin that could help bring new fans to “mother’s ruin.” It is smooth, fragrant, and very drinkable.

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The Hot Gin Top 10 Chart

I did something like this a couple of years ago, which was the inspiration for me beginning a gin blog. I thought that nearly 6 months into this endeavor, it was time to update my top 10 and see if and how my tastes have changed. Miller’s starts at #1, and I think it might be very hard to find a gin capable of unseating it. But that does not mean I will not try.

Without further ado, the hot gin top 10 for September 2010…

This Week Last Week Weeks on Chart Name of Gin 1 2 2 Miller’s 2 3 2 Hendrick’s 3 1 *DEBUT* G’vine Nouaison 4 1 2 G’vine Floraison 5 5 2 Bombay Sapphire 6 4 2 Bluecoat Gin 7 8 2 Tanqeray Ten 8 1 *DEBUT* Gabriel Boudier’s Saffron Gin 9 1 *DEBUT* Beefeater Summer 10 1 *DEBUT* New Amsterdam

Dropping off the chart: Citadelle (last week, #6), Tanqueray with Rangpur (last week, #7)

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Gin Reviews

Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength London Dry Gin

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It’s Miller Time. No, not the  Miller that advertises during football games, nor am I talking about Sabres starting goalie Ryan Miller. It’s Miller’s Gin Time.

Let me begin by getting this out of the way. This is my favorite gin. Hands down. The Miller’s regular strength (80 proof) is a solid choice, somewhat more inexpensive ($31-35 for 1 L) and while it still has all of the outstanding features, they’re just a little less pronounced, and a bit more subtle.

Miller’s gin balances a crisp clean Juniper flavor with a  hint of Citrus sweetness. These two flavors are in such perfect harmony, that Miller’s is the epitome of versatility in gin. Whereas some gins are decidedly Citrus (Bluecoat) and others are about the Juniper (Tanqueray), this gin walks the line and is a good choice for whatever you drink of choice is. Despite the strength of the Westbourne (90 proof) it is remarkably smooth, and very drinkable straight.

As for other London Dry Gins I’ve reviewed, this one strays the least from the classic flavor profile. Miller’s Gin contains some faint hints of other herbs and spices, but nothing like Tru2 or Gabriel Boudier’s.

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