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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Muddy Waters Oyster Bar vs. Union Standard 

We compare two mint juleps


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 Muddy Waters Oyster Bar
130 S. Highland Ave.
East Liberty
Pittsburgh, PA

Drink: Apple mint julep

Ingredients: Brandy, apple-cider reduction, lemon, wormwood bitters, mint sprig

Our take: The notes of apple have a strong presence in this drink and help boost this classic into new territory. The brandy is rich and spiced, while the mint adds a little menthol effect that’s excellent for winter chills.

Location Details Union Standard
524 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 281-0738
American and Southern Cuisine

Drink: Mint julep

Ingredients: Old Grand-Dad Bonded bourbon, fresh mint, Demerara sugar

Our take: Mint hits the nose immediately in this delightfully icy drink. Delicate and herbal, the mint and bourbon combine in this cocktail to dangerous effect. No one would blame you for eating this drink’s crushed ice.


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