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.
A spin on the classic Dark and Stormy—a blend of dark rum, lime and ginger beer—the Perfect Storm adds one small but important ingredient: Angostura bitters. Not only do they keep with the Caribbean theme of the drink, they also add an impressive amount of aromatics, which only enhance the rich taste of dark rum and ginger spice.