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Pittsburgh City PaperBooze Battles: Acacia vs. The Commoner

Butter & Fat

Pittsburgh City PaperBooze Battles: Acacia vs. The Commoner
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.

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2108 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh South Side

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Drink: Duc Fyffe

Ingredients: Kerrygold butter-washed Slane Irish Whiskey, banana, blackstrap bitters, Angostura bitters, sea salt

Our take: Malty notes from the whiskey combine with the sea salt and butter, bringing a homemade caramel-like quality to this drink. It doesn’t strike the palate as overly sweet because of the oakiness of the whiskey and spice of the bitters. The texture is incredibly smooth. 

Location Details

The Commoner

458 Strawberry Way, Pittsburgh Downtown


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Drink: Turducken

Ingredients: Duck fat-washed Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey, Laird’s straight apple brandy, sage-maple syrup, lemon, local apple cider

Our take: The sage is very fragrant and lends nice herbal notes throughout the drink. Apples are the star of the show for this cocktail, and the duck fat mellows their tartness. Maple adds  dark sweetness, and cider provides light effervescence.