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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Morcilla vs. Union Standard

A reverential nod to vespers

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.


3519 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Drink: Vesper

Ingredients: Xoriguer Gin de Mahon, vodka, Acha Blanca, orange bitters, lemon twist

Our take: Lavender, rose and pine notes create a floral flavor for a very stiff drink. The sweetness of the Acha Blanca softens the higher-proof bases, while leaving just a touch of heat at the finish. Citrus notes linger. 


Union Standard

524 William Penn Place, Downtown

Drink: Vesper

Ingredients: Old Tom gin, Boyd & Blair vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon twist

Our take: Light notes of floral lavender greet the palate. Meant to be served bracingly cold, the chilled drink doesn’t lose any nuance of flavor, with the Lillet delivering on a hint of sweetness and a refreshing citrus lift. The result is a booze-forward herbaceous cocktail.

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