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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Altius vs. Meat & Potatoes

Tequila cocktails from South of the Border

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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 a part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at celine@pghcitypaper.com.

Altius

1230 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington

Drink: Antiviral

Ingredients: El Tesoro Reposado tequila, ginger, lemon, honey, Montelobos mezcal, Spanish bitters

Our take: Bright citrus flavors balance the smoky, herbal notes of this cocktail. A touch of sweetness from the honey and the bite of the ginger linger, as the mezcal pervades the drink from the first sip to the last. 

Vs.

Meat & Potatoes

649 Penn Ave., Downtown

Drink: Mexican Honey Bee

Ingredients: Espolon tequila, lemon, smoked local honey, orange bitters, mezcal rinse

Our take: Smoked honey and mezcal combine to deepen the flavor profile and add roasted and nutty notes. Citrus and honey keep the drink from being too 


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