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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Hidden Harbor vs. täkō

El Diablo Is in the Tequila

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.

Hidden Harbor

1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill

Drink: El Diablo

Ingredients: Reposado tequila, lime, crème de cassis, ginger beer 

Our take: Floral hibiscus notes, brightened with lime, were the main flavor components in this iteration of this classic drink. The ginger beer contributed only a touch of heat, leaving the drink clear and clean with a touch of tartness.



214 Sixth St., Downtown

Drink: El Diablo

Ingredients: Sauza blanco tequila, lime, ginger, soda, crème de cassis 

Our take: This iteration of the cocktail is hot, hot, hot! The burn starts slow, then fills the senses. Lime zest is wonderfully fresh on the nose, and the berry notes of crème de cassis help to give this astringent drink some depth of flavor.

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