Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both 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.
The Drink: Dark and Stormy
5430 Penn Ave., Friendship
Drink: Quiet Stormy
Ingredients: Curry-infused Gosling’s rum, house-made ginger beer, citrus
Our take: The two-day infusion process allows the curry to shine through with a lovely throat-warming heat. Ginger beer provides a good textural lift to an otherwise potential heavy drink, while the citrus gives it an acidic kick. This is an invigorating cocktail to have during happy hour after a particularly long work day.
Dive Bar & Grille
5147 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Drink: Dark n’ Stormy
Ingredients: The Kraken spiced dark rum, ginger beer, lime wedge
Our take: The spiced rum added additional kick to the ginger beer. Since this is a simple cocktail with minimal ingredients, it has a booze-forward profile. Using Kraken rum makes a good choice for those who prefer their cocktails on the sweeter side.