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 email@example.com.
Drink: Picante Paloma
Ingredients: Blanco tequila, Guajillo chile, lime, grapefruit soda
Our take: Lime is the first flavor to make its presence known, followed by the mellow sweetness of the tequila and finished with a low burn at the back of the palate. Refreshing and pleasant, this drink takes you straight into the spring sunshine.
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Drink: Vanilla Paloma
Ingredients: Sauza Hornitos blanco tequila, pink peppercorn, vanilla, grapefruit, lime
Our take: This cocktail is smooth as silk, with notes of vanilla that float over the citrus backbone. The tequila makes a slow entrance, just enough to know what you’re drinking is indeed alcoholic. A peppery, floral nose and just a touch of spice add depth.