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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Carmella’s Plates & Pints vs. Kelly’s Bar & Lounge

The Bee’s Knees

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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 part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at celine@pghcitypaper.com.

Carmella’s Plates & Pints

1908 E. Carson St., South Side

Drink: The Bee’s Knees

Ingredients: Hendrick’s gin, honey-ginger syrup, lemon juice

Our take: Sour, floral and sweet flavors make this precisely what a bee might love to drink. The botanicals of the Hendrick’s are highlighted by slightly spicy ginger and citrus notes. 

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Kelly’s Bar & Lounge

6012 Centre Ave., East Liberty

Drink: The Bee’s Knees

Ingredients: Dry gin, honey syrup, lemon juice

Our take: Crisp, refreshing and sweet, this classic drink is a perfect simple pick-me-up for the hot weather. Gin and lemon pair bracingly with light notes of rose.


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