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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Union Standard vs. Scratch Food & Beverage

Moscow Mules transition from summer to fall

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CP PHOTOS BY CELINE ROBERTS
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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 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.

Union Standard

524 William Penn Place, Downtown

Drink: Union Mule

Ingredients: Boyd & Blair vodka, Canton ginger liqueur, lime, ginger beer

Our take: This cocktail is a bright refresher, heavy on the lime and ginger. Punchy and tart, it’s a concoction that could create some internal heat on a brisk day.

Scratch Food & Beverage

1720 Lowrie St., Troy Hill

Drink: Autumn Mule

Ingredients: Stateside vodka, cider, lime

Our take: The balanced cocktail delivers all the satisfaction of a mule, while adding light effervescence from the cider. Vodka provides a clean base for the citrus to shine without overwhelming the flavors of the cider.


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