Pittsburgh has a really vibrant and underrated cocktail scene. Bartenders across the Steel City sling inventive and delicious drinks for fairly affordable prices. While Pittsburgh’s legacy is a “shot and beer” town, that narrative is evolving rather quickly.
But recreating those cocktails at home is not always easy, and can be downright intimidating at first. And with the pandemic still raging, and current winter temperatures beseeching drinkers to stay at home instead of picking up to-go cocktails as often as they’d like, Pittsburgh has likely gained a lot of novice home bartenders.
With that in mind, Pittsburgh City Paper is offering a beginner’s course on home bartending with eight extremely simple recipes that only require one Pennsylvania-made spirit and one other ingredient. (Note, I am not a perfect mixologist, so adjust these simple recipes as you wish and to your liking.)
Maggie’s Farm Rum Spiced Rum and Coca-Cola
Maggie’s Farm Rum arguably produces the best rum in America (with the awards to back it up), and the Strip District distillery’s Spiced Rum is my personal favorite. Its unique mix of fresh spices — like vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest — gives it an amazing flavor that, in combination with just about any mixer, makes for great cocktails. The not-cloyingly sweet and subtle spice of Coca-Cola makes for a perfect accompaniment to the Spiced Rum, and the easiest and best rum and coke around. Stir into a tall glass. Serve over ice. (Note: Coke works better than other colas.)