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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Drink: Smash
2104 E. Carson St., South Side
Drink: Peach Smash
Ingredients: peach-infused Bulleit bourbon, mint, orange, lemon, mint garnish
Our take: The smell of fresh mint, concentrated but light, plays on the first sip of this cocktail. Smashes, a delightful summer concoction of seasonal fruit, ice and spirits, are a perfect way to use fruit without over-sweetening a cocktail. Because the fruit is simply muddled but not blended, the pulp lends a creamy texture. The small peaches used in this drink are perfectly ripe and taste as though they’ve just been picked off the tree.
1150 Smallman St., Strip District
Drink: Clementine Smash
Ingredients: Eagle Rare bourbon, clementine, mint
Our take: The clementine flavor of this smash is bold, tart and punchy. A slight bitterness from the citrus oils helps to balance the sweetness of the fruit. The drink is free of pulp and light on ice, giving it a very clean mouthfeel. Mint appears as a minor secondary note, just enough to taste at first. Bourbon makes a stronger appearance throughout, making this a boozy rendition of a smash.