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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Union Standard vs. Scratch Food & Beverage

Moscow Mules transition from summer to fall

click to enlarge CP PHOTOS BY CELINE ROBERTS
CP photos by Celine Roberts

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 celine@pghcitypaper.com.

Union Standard

524 William Penn Place, Downtown

Drink: Union Mule

Ingredients: Boyd & Blair vodka, Canton ginger liqueur, lime, ginger beer

Our take: This cocktail is a bright refresher, heavy on the lime and ginger. Punchy and tart, it’s a concoction that could create some internal heat on a brisk day.

Scratch Food & Beverage

1720 Lowrie St., Troy Hill

Drink: Autumn Mule

Ingredients: Stateside vodka, cider, lime

Our take: The balanced cocktail delivers all the satisfaction of a mule, while adding light effervescence from the cider. Vodka provides a clean base for the citrus to shine without overwhelming the flavors of the cider.


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