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Allegheny Wine Mixer
5326 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Ingredients: Gin, sherry, Caperitif, orange bitters
Our take: Caperitif is a white-wine-based aperitif from South Africa that lends medicinal notes to this easy sipper. Hints of citrus mingle with the botanicals of the gin, while the sherry softens the overall profile of this cocktail.
124 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty
Drink: Maó-mahón Smuggler
Ingredients: Xoriguer gin, oloroso sherry, bitter orange, mint, lime
Our take: The nose is dominated by florals and clean celery aromas. Berry and hibiscus flavors add complexity, and are balanced by the accented juniper of the gin and bright acid of the lime juice.