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229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside
Ingredients: Famous Grouse scotch, lemon, ginger, honey, Laphroaig 10-year
Our take: Typically a cool-weather drink, Casbah’s iteration should make a smooth transition to summer by highlighting the cocktail’s herbal and citrus components, bolstered by notes of stone fruit and fennel. Lightly sweet with scotch backbone to stiffen it into a spirit-driven drink, this penicillin is a nice cure for a long day.
4744 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
Ingredients: Famous Grouse scotch, lemon, honey, ginger, Famous Grouse Black float, candied-ginger garnish
Our take: Citrus-driven with a spicy ginger back, this penicillin feels like a light sipper for soothing both summer colds and nerves. The scotch adds a little bit of woody intensity and rounds out the tart and spice.