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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

COCKTAIL KUMITE Round 2, London 77 Vs Pegu Club!

By Johnny Lager

On the 02/03/14 Dig Radio live broadcast of the Dr. Radio Show, we went to round 2 of the Cocktail Kumite! [Bracket sheet here] I was home with bronchitis, tweeting gibberish, so Dan mixed both cocktails.

London 77
1 oz Gin
1 oz Grapefruit juice
1 oz St. Germain
1-3 oz Prosecco

Shake over ice, strain into a cocktail glass, do not garnish.


Pegu Club
2 oz gin
3/4 oz Triple Sec or Orange Cointreau
1/2 oz Lime juice
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake over ice, strain into a cocktail glass, do not garnish. You can float the 2 dashes of bitters on top for a lovely presentation.


Three out of Four Fake Dr's recommend: LONDON 77!

Barside Analysis:

London 77
A signature drink I have enjoyed many times in the as-of-yet unrevealed bar from which we have pulled half of our drinks. A Variation of the French 75, the London 77 a very quaffable drink, easy and pleasant cocktail. It's slightly lower in alcohol then the 75, and the Pegu Club, because it features St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur produced in France, St. Germain is 40 proof whereas Gin is a touch over 80 proof. Both of those ingredients blend well with grapefruit juice, and Prosecco. The London 77 is well balanced, smooth and victorious.

Pegu Club
This was the signature drink of the Pegu Club in Burma, located outside of Rangoon, in the late 1800s. Its members were exclusively foreign government military and business officials. Obviously the Brits would want another version of gin and lime and that's what the Pegu Club gave them. As Peter Boyd pointed out, the Pegu is pretty boozy, but the lime and triple sec mask it well. The triple sec could be dialed back to take out some of the sweetness and citrus, but to some degree that is the point of this cocktail and the bitters bring the orange and lime into balance. In the end, the Pegu was just too citrusy for the panel, though Dan and I agree, it has potential. Back to the lab! 

Bottoms up, keep it Kumite!

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