Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pegu Club Fifth Anniversary Menu Celebrates Half a Decade of Significant Drinking

It's strange to think that The Pegu Club celebrated its fifth anniversary this past Sunday, August 29. It feels like it's been around forever. Maybe that's because, in 2006, when I first immersed myself in the cocktail world, there was little else beside The Pegu Club around if you wanted to purchase yourself a quality drink. Milk & Honey, yes, but you needed a compass and a secret password to get to it.

Since it opened in August 2005, Audrey Saunders drink den has directly spawned a second generation of cocktail joints. Pegu bartenders Phil Ward, Jim Meehan, St. John Frizell and Toby Maloney went on to found Mayahuel, PDT, Fort Defiance and Chicago's Violet Hour, respectively. The fifth anniversary menu represents them all with drink they formerly brought to the Pegu menu. Also in attendance on that list: Chad Solomon, Jim Kearns, Kenta Goto, Naren Young and others. Here's the

The Pegu Club

5th Anniversary 

“Here’s How”

All-Stars $13.00

Cornwall Negroni
Phil Ward, Autumn 2005
Gin, Campari, Punt e Mes, Sweet Vermouth

Perfect Parallel
Toby Maloney, Autumn 2005
Lairds Applejack, Sweet & Dry Vermouths,
Hess’s House Bitters.

Solomon Sling
Chad Solomon, Summer 2006
Gin, Kirsch EDV, Cheery Heering, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters

Lil Jig
Phil Ward, Summer 2006
Blanco Tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, Lime, Thai Basil

19th Century
Brian Miller, Autumn 2006
Bourbon, Lillet Rouge, White Cacao, Lemon Juice

Golden Delicious
Jim Kearns, Autumn 2006
Applejack, Honey Syrup, Lemon Juice, Apples

Improved Norwegian Cock-Tail
Jim Meehan, Spring 2007
Aquavit, Maraschino liqueur, Demerara, Hess’ Bitters,
Star of Anise Tincture, Orange Essence

Nathan Dumas, Spring 2007
Cognac, Unicum, Grand Marnier, Orange Essence

Naren Young, Spring 2007
Scotch, Blanche Calvados, Cucumber, Honey,
Lemon Juice, Egg White

Jenni/Fir #3
Alistair Burgess, Summer 2007
Gin, Douglas Fir EDV, Yellow Chartreuse, Grapefruit & Lemon Juices

Remember The Maine
St John Frizell, Winter 2007
Rye Whiskey, Antiqua Vermouth, Cherry Heering, Pernod, Lemon Essence

Aperol Sunset
Jasper Milne-Soffer, Spring 2008
Blanco Tequila, Aperol, Grapefruit & Demerara Syrup, Lemon Juice

Erin Williams, Spring 2008
Rum Agricole, Green Chartreuse, Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters

Poquito Picante
Artemio Vazquez, Spring 2008
Gin, Cointreau, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Lemon Juice

Far East Side
Kenta Goto, Summer 2008
Blanco Tequila, Sake, Shiso, Yuzu Pepper, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon Juice

Red Pepper, Red Pepper
Scott James Teague, Summer 2008
Blanco Tequila, Yellow chartreuse, Bell Pepper, Black Pepper, Thai Basil, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon Juice

Sleeping Monk
Kenta Goto, Autumn 2008
Chamomile-infused Scotch, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, Honey, Orange Bitters, Lemon Juice

Little Witch
Raul Flores, Spring 2009
Blanco Tequila, Strega, Fresh Oregano, Lemon Juice

Cucumber-Apple Fizz
Kenta Goto, Summer 2009
Cynar, Gin, Crab Apple, Cucumber, Lemon, SS

Highland Harvest
Del Pedro, Autumn 2009
Speyside & Cask-Strength Scotches, Madeira,
Amaretto, Cherry Syrup, Orange Essence

Improved Strawberry Daiquiri
Yael Vengroff, Autumn 2009
White Rum, Thai Basil, Strawberry Liqueur, Lime Juice

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