Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and use #CPBoozeBattles. If you want to be a part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Drink: Negroni (In honor of Negroni Week, bars are urged to give a portion of their sales of the drink to charity.)
Negroni Week charity: One dollar of every Negroni sold will be donated to the Rainbow Kitchen, which provides food for low-income people and children.
Drink: Grapefruit Negroni
Ingredients: Skyy Texas Grapefruit, Campari, Dolin Rouge, Dolin Sweet, ginger, lavender
Our Take: Extra bitter and sour notes from the Campari and grapefruit combined. Velvety mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness soften the drink. Stays close to the flavor elements of the classic recipe.
Negroni Week charity: Half of all of proceeds go to Camp Southern Ground, which focuses on helping children deal with emotional, academic and behavioral challenges.
Drink: Sparkling Negroni
Ingredients: Bluecoat gin, Campari, prosecco, orange and angostura bitters, orange twist
Our Take: Light citrus notes on the nose with just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the lightness of the prosecco. Finishes with a refreshing, clean mouthfeel.