The Inevitable Pegu Variant

I have talked before about Thursday Drink Night. TDN is the weekly gathering of dissolute internet drinkers in the chat room of the Mixoloseum, in which we discuss a weekly theme or theme ingredient. Well, mostly we talk about work, travel, and Gabe’s Mom, but we work in some stuff about the theme, too.
The featured element that holds every TDN together are the recipes. Anyone who wants to, can get in line and offer up original recipes that employ whatever the theme is that week. Some of these recipes are bad. Some use seven ingredients, six of which can only be obtained by cloistered cocktail monks living outside Portland, Oregon. But there are always a few that are pretty damn awesome.
A couple of TDNs ago, the theme was nice and generic: Gin. I had no idea that was what was in store when I dropped in, but as soon as I did, someone piped up with, Doug’s here! Get ready for the inevitable Pegu variant! Faced with a challenge like that, I exchanged insults pleasantries with a few folks and repaired to the Pegu Lounge to see what I could do.
I came up with a variant that ended up being pretty damn good. This, as with all my successes of an original nature, was pure blind luck, but there you are.

THE INEVITABLE PEGU VARIANT

  • 3 parts gin (it got reported as four, but it should be three)
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1/2 part Cointreau
  • 1/2 part passion fruit syrup
  • 3 dashes Regans Orange Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Of course, when you are starting from The Greatest Cocktail Evar™, it’s easy to make a good, simple variant. Nonetheless, lots of drinks are simple variants, so I stand by my momentary, accidental awesomeness. If you’d like to drop my the Mixoloseum’s blog and see the other picks of the litter, as well as those from TDN: Spiced Rum, check out this post.
There’s also a poll where you can express which recipe you think is best….
Ahem.
You know what to do.


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