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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Smoke vs. Pork & Beans

Cold weather calls for hot toddies

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 a part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at celine@pghcitypaper.com.

Location Details

Smoke Barbeque Taqueria

4115 Butler St., Pittsburgh Lawrenceville

412-224-2070

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Drink
: Loretta
Ingredients: Bourbon, lavender, lemon, ginger, honey

Our take: Tart and throat-soothing, this take on a hot toddy was floral and bright. Using sweeter bourbon helped lighten the profile of the drink, while honey added wildflower notes to the mix.

Location Details

Pork & Beans

136 6th St, Pittsburgh Downtown

412-338-1876

1 article

Drink
: Hot Toddy
Ingredients: Bulleit bourbon, honey syrup, hot water, lemon, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon stick

Our take: Boozy, soothing and tart, the cocktail is perfect at the end of the day. Cinnamon lends a little spice, and orange notes add depth to the citrus flavors typically dominated by bright lemon. 


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