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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Benjamin’s vs. Needle & Pin

Gin Rickey

CP photos by Celine Roberts

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.

Benjamin’s Western Avenue Burger Bar

900 Western Ave., North Side

Drink: Gin rickey

Ingredients: Bombay Sapphire gin, lime juice, simple syrup, soda , lime twist

Our take: This straightforward classic is sweetly refreshing. Soda gives it larger bubbles for a less carbonated mouthfeel, and the fresh-squeezed lime juice provides tartness and a zesty citrus nose. Botanicals from the gin — notes of lemon and juniper — pop on the palate.


Needle & Pin

3271 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont

Drink: Gin rickey

Ingredients: Tanqueray Rangpur gin, lime cordial, Red Ribbon seltzer, lime wheel

Our take: Simple, refreshing and citrusy, this gin rickey is the perfect drink for the first day of summer. The lime cordial wasn’t overly sweet and highlighted the tartness of the lime. The choice of locally made seltzer, that’s dry with smaller bubbles, added a nice effervescence to the cocktail and complemented the soft Rangpur lime notes of the gin.

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