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

Cold weather calls for hot toddies

CP PHOTOS BY CELINE ROBERTS
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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.
Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh, PA
412-224-2070
Mexican and Barbecue

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
Downtown
Pittsburgh, PA
412-338-1876
Barbecue

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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