Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste both drinks and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and using #CPBoozeBattles. If you want to be part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at [email protected].
501 Grant St., Downtown
Drink: Gatsby Sour
Ingredients: Woodford Reserve bourbon, cabernet, lemon, angostura bitters, dehydrated orange, luxardo cherry garnish
Our take: A rich cabernet float makes an appearance in this twist on a classic that’s reminiscent of a bourbon punch. Cherry and orange are heavy on the nose, while the overall experience is refreshing, rounded off by a bourbon finish.
200 Shiloh St., Mount Washington
Drink: Whiskey sour
Ingredients: Bourbon, lemon, egg whites, angostura bitters, luxardo cherry garnish
Our take: This recipe adds the creamy foam of an egg white to tart lemon notes and the nutty taste of bourbon. Angostura makes a strong herbal presence in the midst of the pillowy texture of the egg. Served up with a sweet reminder of stone fruit in the luxardo cherry garnish.