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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Butcher and the Rye vs. The Allegheny Wine Mixer 

Cocktails with sparkling wine

  • 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 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 celine@pghcitypaper.com.

Butcher and the Rye

212 Sixth St., Downtown

Drink: Morning Glory

Ingredients: Canadian Club 100 Percent Rye, Hennessy VS, Cointreau, absinthe, angostura bitters, sparkling wine and an orange twist

Our take: The cocktail plays on the combined medicinal flavors of the rye and absinthe, while the Cointreau provides some citrus balance. The sparkling wine adds more to the flavor than it does to mouthfeel, as do the caramel and vanilla notes of the rye.


The Allegheny Wine Mixer

5326 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Drink: Giggle Water

Ingredients: Uncle Val’s Botanical gin, pear, lemon, cardamom, prosecco

Our take: This drink balances effervescence and botanicals, making for a refreshing cocktail with depth. The cardamom shines through the mellow, soft flavors of the pear, heightened by the tartness of the lemon juice. The effect is perfumy and floral. 



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