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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: The Abbey vs. Acorn

Fall for Old Fashioneds


  • CP photos by Celine Roberts

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

Location Details The Abbey on Butler Street
4635 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 682-0200

Drink: Abbey Old Fashioned

Ingredients: Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, cherry and orange-peel garnish

Our take: Bulleit is a sweeter bourbon and makes itself known in this classic preparation of an Old Fashioned. Citrus hints from the orange cut some of the caramel flavor, and ice chips dilute a strong drink. Notes of baking spices and honey add nuance.

Location Details Acorn
5528 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA
Mon.-Thu. 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Drink: Sean Connery

Ingredients: Bourbon, spice-orange meringue, cherry syrup

Our take: This is a lighter version of a classic Old Fashioned that still pops with flavor. It’s peaty and warm, with notes of wood smoke and cherry on the nose. The slight tartness and the foam of the meringue make for great drinkability.

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