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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Butterjoint vs. Soba

This week, the Blood and Sand cocktail

click to enlarge CP PHOTOS BY CELINE ROBERTS
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.

Butterjoint

214 N. Craig St., Oakland

Drink: Blood and Sand

Ingredients: Dewar’s scotch, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, orange

Our take: The Cherry Heering mellows out the bite of the scotch, allowing its caramel and brown-butter notes to shine through. A hint of smoke and a luxardo cherry to enjoy at the end add some depth and texture. 

Soba

5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside

Drink: Blood and Sand

Ingredients: Famous Grouse scotch, Cherry Heering, Dolin Rouge vermouth, cherry

Our take: Because it’s served on the rocks, this is the lighter, friendlier version of the original and sometimes detested Blood and Sand. The Famous Grouse is a subtle choice for the scotch, and the overall effect is pleasant drink with just a little bit of smoke to it. The ever-present luxardo cherry sweetens the pot.


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