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.
453 Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown
Drink: Scarlet Hourglass
Ingredients: Sauza Blue bianco tequila, blackberry, sweet basil, lime, sugar, Angostura bitters
Our take: Earthy notes, reminiscent of black tea, are the first elements of this cocktail. Very smooth and sweet from fruit and basil, this is an ideal drink for back-porch drinking during the last days of summer.
Yuzu Kitchen Ramen & Robata Grill
Drink: Purple Haze
Ingredients: Faber vodka, blackberry, mint, lemon
Our take: This cocktail is very berry-heavy and coats the mouth with the summer fruit. Sweet and satisfying. Mint wafts through on the nose, and the flavor profile is lightened with the acidity of the lemon.