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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Kelly’s Bar & Lounge vs. Spork 

This week, we check in with the insects: Grasshopper and Praying Mantis

  • 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.

Location Details Kelly's Bar & Lounge
6012 Penn Circle South
East Liberty
Pittsburgh, PA
Bar/club and American

Drink: Grasshopper

Ingredients: White crème de cacao, green crème de menthe, heavy cream

Our take: This classic tastes like an Andes mint right out of the wrapper. Perfect for those who might want something a little sweet after dinner; it has notes of chocolate and a creamy texture. 

Location Details Spork
5430 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA

Drink: Praying Mantis

Ingredients: Branca menta, crème de menthe, rumchata, crème de cacao

Our take: This is a more alcoholic version of the classic Grasshopper recipe. The bitterness of the branca menta elevates this cocktail to something beyond an after-dinner drink. Rumchata adds warmth, while the crème de cacao provides the creaminess this drink is known for.


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