It’s Mixology Monday time again, which this month has the slightly different theme of blog love – the idea being you pick a cocktail you first came across in another blog, and write about the cocktail whilst also plugging the source blog. Personally I’ve done this several times before already, with the Charleston from Erik and the Last Word from Gabriel to name but two. I could have chosen a delicious drink from any of the blogs I link to on the sidebar, but in the end I decided to try a Pegu Club from, appropriately, The Pegu Blog.
- 1½ shots gin
- ½ shot Cointreau
- ½ shot lime juice
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Shake well with ice and fine strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
The Pegu Club cocktail hails from the Pegu Club in Burma. I couldn’t find a firm date for its origin, but it is mentioned in The Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930, so dates from at least the 1920s. Like so many older cocktails its recipe varies wildly, but I’m using the one Doug lists on his site. Upon first taste it reminded me a little of the Oh Gosh!, thanks to the use of lime and Cointreau, although the use of gin and bitters gives it a very different taste overall. It has a lovely refreshing initial taste, with the bitters providing a complex after-taste that works really well. I can see why Doug drinks so many of these, an excellent cocktail indeed.
As part of MxMo Paul also asked “why’d you start crossing your cocktail shaker with your keyboard?”. I started this blog as somewhere to record the recipes I was trying and perhaps provide other beginners and young people with a take on cocktails from a peers perspective. Real cocktails aren’t all that popular with people my age, who tend to measure drinking in quantity rather than quality. I therefore hoped this site might, in its own small way, encourage people to try something beyond the sugary, luminous “Tini’s” that make up the cocktail range in 99% of pubs and bars I seem to come across.
In addition, since starting this blog I’ve found that by writing about the cocktails I drink I give them a lot more thought and consideration. Before I began blogging I would mix up the ingredients and enjoy the drink, but would give it no further thought other than “that was nice”, or “won’t be trying that again!”. I now find myself considering the ingredients, identifying their flavours in the cocktail, and giving real thought about that I like or dislike about the cocktail. It’s also encouraged me to be more adventurous with what I make, rather than drinking my favourites all the time, as I’m always after new things to write about here.
The nicest thing I discovered though is what a warm and welcoming bunch my fellow bloggers are. Every one I have spoken to, whether in the comments section of a post or by email, has been incredibly friendly and happy to share tips and information. So here’s to all the bloggers I’ve spoken to, the cocktail blogs I link to, and no doubt the many others I’ve yet to discover – cheers!
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