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: Classic daiquiri
Ingredients: Cruzan aged light rum, lime, sugar, lime wheel
Our take: Balanced but slightly tilted toward the sweet side, the sugar pulls out the subtle molasses flavors of the rum, while honoring the fresh piquant taste of the lime juice. This simple three-ingredient cocktail is a classic for a reason.
Drink: Dry-ice banana daiquiri
Ingredients: Virgin Islands and Jamaican rums, lime, sugar, banana cordial, fresh banana, mint
Our take: For this futuristic version of a daiquiri, you’ll have to visit on Weird Science Wednesday, Hidden Harbor’s weekly caper into sciencey spins on classics. I love the frozen, blended texture of this drink, enhanced by silky fresh banana. Sipping means a hint of mint on the nose with every drink. Consider this daiquiri a dessert in a glass.