Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and using #CPBoozeBattles. If you want to be a part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at [email protected]
4421 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Drink: Kingston Sidecar
Ingredients: Appleton Estate Reserve blend rum, house-infused orange liqueur, lemon juice, fresh strawberry preserves, peach bitters and orange twist
Our take: The rum and strawberry preserves give this cocktail a sweet and jammy kick, while the bright tart flavors of lemon and orange counterbalance the sweetness. The resulting combination is almost salty, and this cocktail feels like a deserved dessert at the end of a long day.
Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room
139 Seventh St., Downtown
Drink: Proper Sidecar
Ingredients: Laird’s Applejack brandy, lemon juice, Cointreau, orange peel and a cinnamon-sugar rim
Our take: One of the only drinks I’ve ever had that was well served by a sugared rim, this cocktail is perfect for warming up. The brandy provides strong apple flavors, and paired with the warmth of the cinnamon and orange, it really shines.