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.
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Drink: Bourbon Pumpkin Eggnog
Ingredients: Bulleit Bourbon, eggs, pumpkin purée, spices
Our take: The texture of this drink is a silky introduction to impending colder days. Pumpkin provides some savory notes to balance the sweetness of the bourbon, and the typical baking spices are warming on the tip of your tongue.
Miracle on Market
Drink: Jingle Ball Nog
Ingredients: Cognac, Amontillado sherry, peanut butter, almond milk, pandan, cream, nougat syrup, egg, nutmeg
Our take: This is high-rent eggnog, in which sherry and cognac add depth and subtlety to a rich cocktail. Peanut butter is a welcome addition, with its nuttiness complementing the nutmeg and adding smoothness to the drink’s texture.