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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Acacia vs. Speakeasy at the Omni William Penn Hotel

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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.

Acacia

2108 E. Carson St., South Side

Drink: Rob Roy

Ingredients: Chivas Regal scotch, house vermouth blend, Luxardo cherry, orange peel 

Our take: Pleasantly softened by the blend of vermouths, the scotch is allowed to shine in this drink without overwhelming the more delicate orange and round wine flavors. A bit of smokiness still clings to the drink enhanced by the sweetness of the cherry.

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Speakeasy at the Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Place, Downtown

Drink: Rob Roy

Ingredients: Bruichladdich Rocks Islay scotch, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Luxardo cherry, William Penn bitters

Our take: Strong notes of cherry on the nose. The cocktail starts with vermouth and full round wine flavors, and then rapidly rolls into a bold profile of slightly salty scotch. It finishes with sweet orange and a wisp of lingering smoke.



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