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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Cure vs. Umami

How does the Bamboo cocktail fare?

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.

Cure

5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Drink: Bamboo

Ingredients: Fino sherry, vermouth, orange bitters, angostura bitters

Our take: Cherry notes lilt through this cocktail, while accents of minerality, bolstered by citrus, add complexity. It’s a nod to the dry martini, and its smooth mouthfeel makes this little cocktail shine in its simplicity. 

Umami

202 38th St., Lawrenceville

Drink: Bamboo

Ingredients: Fino sherry, Noilly Prat dry vermouth, aromatic and orange bitters, sea salt, nori

Our take: Rose and cherry notes are strong on the nose of this cocktail, while a sip brings a hit of salinity. The vermouth gives a bit of a bite to the silky mouthfeel and the subtle flavors of tropical fruits.


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