No one knows who invented the Pegu Club or when exactly it first came to be (probably some time in the early 1900s), but where the drink was invented is another story. During the days of the British Empire, Englishmen opened up exclusive clubs in every one of their territories, from India to Africa and everywhere in between. These were safe havens for the fancy gents who didn’t care to mix with the locals. One such club was the Pegu Club in far flung Rangoon, and it was there that this delightful gin sour was first shaken up. Though the club itself no longer exists, its eponymous cocktail lives on to this day. But now, anyone can (and should) drink it.
The exact history of this classic cocktail is murky—kind of like the blackstrap rum used to make it—but we do know that it originated somewhere in Barbados. The inspiration for the distinctly non-tropical name comes from its contrasting colors—the bright, pale mix of falernum and lime juice, and the dark, oil-like blackstrap rum. It’s simil...