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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Piper’s Pub vs. Grapperia

Mixing spirits and coffee into kicky cocktails

click to enlarge CP PHOTOS BY CELINE ROBERTS
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 part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at celine@pghcitypaper.com.

Piper’s Pub

1828 E. Carson St., South Side

Drink: Good Morning & Good Night

Ingredients: Maggie’s Farm La Revuelta dark rum, Bulleit rye whiskey, chocolate bitters, allspice dram, cold-brew coffee

Our take: The aroma of freshly brewed coffee hits the nose first, followed by the nutty taste of rum and allspice. The result is spicy, but not hot, with a slight bitterness from the chocolate bitters to round out the sweeter flavors. 

Vs.
Grapperia

3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Drink: Chopped and Brewed

Ingredients: Maggie’s Farm spiced rum, elderflower spirit, Aztec chocolate bitters, espresso

Our take: This drink is for those who like a bitter drink with just a touch of sweetness and cream (here, crema on the espresso). It’s a coffee-drinker’s dream, with caramel notes on the nose and nutty flavors throughout.


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