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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Tres Rios vs. täkō

When Doves Cry Boozy Tears

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CP PHOTOS BY CELINE ROBERTS
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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.

Tres Rios

1719 E. Carson St., South Side

Drink: Picante Paloma

Ingredients: Blanco tequila, Guajillo chile, lime, grapefruit soda

Our take: Lime is the first flavor to make its presence known, followed by the mellow sweetness of the tequila and finished with a low burn at the back of the palate. Refreshing and pleasant, this drink takes you straight into the spring sunshine. 

Vs.

täkō

214 Sixth St., Downtown

Drink: Vanilla Paloma

Ingredients: Sauza Hornitos blanco tequila, pink peppercorn, vanilla, grapefruit, lime

Our take: This cocktail is smooth as silk, with notes of vanilla that float over the citrus backbone. The tequila makes a slow entrance, just enough to know what you’re drinking is indeed alcoholic. A peppery, floral nose and just a touch of spice add depth. 


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