Health Department Cracks Down on Pegu Club’s Signature Cocktail

Saunders preparing the marTEAni in question.
Saunders preparing the marTEAni in question.

Bret Thorn reports trouble at Pegu Club, via Audrey Saunders’s Facebook page: “Everything was fine,” writes Saunders, “until the inspector looked on our menu, saw the Earl Grey MarTEAni, and told us that … even with the warning we have printed on our menu about raw eggs, using raw eggs is a violation … and that we have to switch to pasteurized eggs in our cocktails.” We’re perfectly fine trusting alcohol to kill the bacteria that would cause salmonella, but apparently that doesn’t fly with the Health Department — the same entity that wants bartenders to wear gloves when squeezing lemons. Pegu Club is open tonight — we’ve e-mailed Audrey Saunders to find out whether she’s switching to pasteurized eggs or “flipping” out over the “raw” deal.

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