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 email@example.com.
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Ingredients: Beefeater gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon, crème de violette, cherry
Our take: This drink had an extremely clean flavor profile due to the Beefeater gin. The citrus popped throughout the duration of the drink and gave it a lightness that was a nice contrast to the crème de violette. The finish was balanced and refreshing, with the perk of a cherry at the end.
Ingredients: Bluecoat gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lemon, brandied cherry
Our take: Piney and floral with just a hint of sweetness, this drink showcased the gin in a different way than most classic cocktails. The cocktail was slightly bitter, with tart citrus highlights. Although this drink offered a parade of flavors, the nose and finish were both mild and booze-forward.