Yet another of my modern classic cocktail histories at Punch. Every time I do one of these things, I walk in thinking I already know the backstory behind the drink; and I end having discovered some missing piece of information that I hadn’t been aware of before. It’s very rewarding. And a good reminder that, no matter how much you dig into cocktail history, you don’t and never will know it all.
In this case, the new info involved the critical role of Audrey Saunders and Pegu Club is popularizing the drink. And that the U.S. made the White Negroni a thing even before the UK and Europe, even though Suze was not available here. Sometimes I think every important advance in the U.S. cocktail world in the aughts originated at Pegu Club.