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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Meat & Potatoes vs. The Livermore

Vieux Carre

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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: Vieux Carre

Meat & Potatoes

649 Penn Ave., Downtown

Ingredients: Bulleit rye, Hennessy, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, lemon twist

Our take: The herbal profile of this cocktail makes it ideal for a chilly, rainy day. Anise notes from the Peychaud’s bitters and the Benedictine balance an otherwise sweet drink. The mouthfeel is pleasantly syrupy, while the lemon twist gives the the drink some lift. 

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The Livermore

124 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty

Ingredients: Dickel rye, cognac, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters

Our take: Livermore’s Vieux Carre delivered more anise flavor, but was lighter and less sweet overall. The spicy rye balanced well with the sweet vermouth and cognac, while still maintaining the herbaceous profile the cocktail is known for.


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