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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.