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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drink: Abbey Old Fashioned
Ingredients: Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, cherry and orange-peel garnish
Our take: Bulleit is a sweeter bourbon and makes itself known in this classic preparation of an Old Fashioned. Citrus hints from the orange cut some of the caramel flavor, and ice chips dilute a strong drink. Notes of baking spices and honey add nuance.
Drink: Sean Connery
Ingredients: Bourbon, spice-orange meringue, cherry syrup
Our take: This is a lighter version of a classic Old Fashioned that still pops with flavor. It’s peaty and warm, with notes of wood smoke and cherry on the nose. The slight tartness and the foam of the meringue make for great drinkability.