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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Social vs. Speakeasy at the Omni William Penn Hotel

Rosemary Gin Gimlets

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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: Rosemary Gin Gimlets

Social 

6425 Penn Ave., Larimer

Drink: Rosemary Gimlet

Ingredients: Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, rosemary, simple syrup, rosemary sprig

Our take:  The cocktail plays delicately on the botanical notes of the gin by underscoring them with fresh, light rosemary tastes. The lime is bright and refreshing, but doesn’t overpower the gin, instead bringing out its cucumber and rose flavors. 

Vs.

Speakeasy, Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Place, Downtown

Drink: Double Rosemary Gimlet

Ingredients: Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, housemade rosemary simple syrup, torched rosemary sprig

Our take: The fragrance of the charred rosemary lends a strong earthy and floral component to the first few sips. Given the double dose of rosemary, the whole cocktail leans heavily toward floral notes, but the clean citrus of the lime keeps it from being overly perfumed. Pine flavors linger in the aftertaste.


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