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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Umami vs. Station

Spice n’ everything nice

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Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both 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 celine@pghcitypaper.com.

The Drink: Spicy Cocktails

Umami

202 38th St., Lawrenceville
Drink: #GodzillaTears

Ingredients: Tequila blanco, sake, Bauchant, charred serrano peppers, togarashi rim, lime wedge

Our take: This tequila cocktail promises the smooth, slightly vegetal taste of good tequila combined with a little extra fire for your palate. While the finish brings a strong warmth, the other flavor notes are mellowly sweet with a kick of sour acidity from the yuzu. The togarashi rim is a pretty final touch. 

Vs.

Station

4744 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
Drink: Study in Scarlett

Ingredients: Mezcal, strawberry, yuzu, habañero, lemon garnish

Our take: The vegetal notes of the mezcal and the tart berry flavor of the strawberry blend to create a nice softness for this cocktail. Citrusy yuzu keeps it refreshing and light on the palate, while the habañero comes in for a slow burn on the finish.


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