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].
The Drink: Pisco Sour
930 Penn Ave., Downtown
Ingredients: Capel Pisco, raw sugar, lime, lemon, egg white, cinnamon, Angostura bitters
Our take: The Angostura bitters and cinnamon add warmth to an otherwise brisk, tart cocktail. The lemon and lime juice provide the main flavor notes, while the astringency of the pisco is mellowed by frothy egg white. The addition of sugar makes the whole experience like a dessert in a glass.
Roasted Barrelhouse & Eatery
3705 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Ingredients: BarSol Pisco, lemon, egg white, Angostura bitters
Our take: This simplified version of the classic plays up the medicinal quality of the Angostura bitters and the astringent qualities of the pisco. The combination of the lemon and egg white mellows the acidity of the citrus and creates a decadent foam atop the cocktail.