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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Smallman Galley vs. Butcher and the Rye

Rum and Mint

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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.

Smallman Galley

54 21st St., Strip District

Drink: This Magic Moment

Ingredients: Plantation pineapple rum, Smith & Cross rum, Fernet Branca, mint, macadamia nut

Our take: This cocktail tasted like a caramel-coated thin mint, with just a hint of tropical fruit and no sugary sweetness. The Fernet Branca warms the palate with mellow herbal notes on the front and back of the drink. A touch of sweetness lingers at the end. 

Vs.

Butcher and the Rye

212 Sixth St., Downtown

Drink: Italian Holiday

Ingredients: Branca Menta, Cruzan light aged rum, sugar cane, lime, mint

Our take: Bracingly minty and sweet, this rum cocktail takes its cues from candied mint. The rum has slightly woody flavors and a definite presence in the drink’s profile, even though it takes second place to the Branca.


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