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. (Yes, this is the third daiquiri battle. I really like daiquiris.)
Ingredients: Rum, simple syrup, lime, lime wheel
Our take: Perfectly balanced and bursting with the brightness and acidity of the lime, this drink will pull you out of the February winter doldrums without having to buy a plane ticket to the beach. Seven dollars is a small price to pay for happiness.
Ingredients: Appleton rum, sparkling wine, simple syrup, angostura bitters, mint
Our take: This bartender spin-off of a daiquiri plays on the sweetness of the classic and replaces the piquant citrus with herbal notes of angostura and mint. Sparkling wine lightens the texture.