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: Indian-spiced Dark & Stormy
Ingredients: Masala-infused Indian rum, Bermuda rum, lime, house-made ginger beer
Our take: Masala adds a nice depth and lingering heat to the already spicy ginger beer. The combination of rums adds a molasses-like sweetness to the drink, while the citrus notes from the lime help to lighten and balance.
Drink: Smooth Sailing
Ingredients: Maggie’s Farm white rum, house-made ginger beer, lime cordial
Our take: It lives up to its name by being smooth and slightly sweet. Lime cordial amps up the citrus flavors, and ginger adds a little bit of zing.