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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Bakersfield vs. Round Corner Cantina

Margarita Matchup

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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 them both 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.

The Drink: Margarita

Bakersfield

940 Penn Ave., Downtown

Drink: Spicy Margarita

Ingredients: El Jimador Blanco, triple sec, agave nectar, fresh lemon, lime, fresh fresno/jalapeño pepper slices, salt, lime wedge garnish 

Our take: If you’re jonesing for a strong, spicy swig, look no further. The heat balances out the salty-sweet qualities of your typical margarita. Lime flavors are predominant, but it veers from the normal briny notes of the classic, instead showcasing the heat of the peppers. You’ll want to keep sipping slowly but steadily. 

Vs.

Round Corner Cantina

3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Drink: La Esposa Margarita

Ingredients: Espolon Reposado, yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit, lime, salt, lime wheel garnish

Our take: This beautiful cocktail, with a color gradient of juices and liquors, looks like a sunset after a particularly hot day. It’s tart and salty with some good acidity from the lime juice. The yellow Chartreuse mellows down the mix for a drink that’s as smooth as it is dangerous (as tequila tends to be).


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