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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Bar Marco vs. The Abbey on Butler Street

The Corpse Reviver is a citrusy mid-winter revival

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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 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.

Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave., Strip District

Drink: Corpse Reviver No. 2

Ingredients: Gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, lemon juice, absinthe

Our take: Both high summer and the dead of winter are brightened by this classic with the name that says it all. With citrus season at its peak, the fresh lemon juice provides a tart kick to match the light bite of gin. Cointreau rounds out the cocktail with orange notes, and the drink finishes on notes of absinthe.

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The Abbey on Butler

4635 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Drink: Corpse Reviver No. 2

Ingredients: Faber gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, absinthe, lemon juice

Our take: Absinthe’s anise flavors were bold in this cocktail, providing bitter balance to the tart notes of lemon and the gin’s juniper kick. Citrus was the lingering taste, backed by a lemon twist for aromatic appeal.


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