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Highballs, Punches, Sours, Old-Fashioneds and Cocktails.

Five categories. One iconic glass style for each. Eight original drinks per category.

At BlackTail we are celebrating the era of mixed drinks from the 1920s through to the 1950s, as enjoyed in American bars in Cuba. However, the drinks menu isn’t just a recreation of the period. These are contemporary interpretations of classic recipes, utilizing the best of the past and of the present in terms of techniques and approach. Understandably, there is a strong rum presence in the menu, followed by brandy and gin. There is a definite narrative here. We hope you’ll take time to uncover it for yourself.

01.

The HIGHBALL / $16

Invented in Manhattan around 1890 – a time when no American drinker would have countenanced adding water to a good spirit – this “high priest of tall drinks” is today’s perfect session drink.

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Rum & Pineapple

Pineapple Rum, Falernum, Ginger, Lime, Allspice, Pineapple Soda

GIN & SARSAPARILLA

American Gin, Sweet French Vermouth, Italian Amaro, Amontillado Sherry, Lemon, Sarsaparilla, Vanilla Soda

PISCO & GREEN TEA

Pisco, Puerto Rican Rum, Fino Sherry, Lemon, Kaffir Lime, Green Tea, Pear Soda

TEQUILA & ARBOL CHILI

Tequila Reposado, Trinidadian Rum, Cacao, Vanilla, Arbol Chili, Cream Soda, Angostura bitters

IRISH WHISKEY & POMEGRANATE

Irish Whiskey, Italian Amaro, Cranberry, Orange, Pomegranate Soda, Aromatic Bitters

VODKA & CELERY

Canadian Vodka, Verjus, Lemon, Black Peppercorn, Celery Soda

RYE & GINGER

Rye Whiskey, Italian Amaro, Fig, Lemon, Ginger Ale, Orinoco Bitters

RUM & COLA

Puerto Rican Rum, Italian Amaro, Coca-Cola, Champagne, JT Decanter Bitters

02.

Punch / $16

The undisputed champ of mixed drinks from the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th, punch flourished in the wake of empires. Cuba’s favorite is the American Southside – or Mojito.

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NACIONAL

Cuban Rum Blend, French Bitter, Apricot, Banana, Pineapple, Lime, Yuzu

PINEAPPLE MILK

Puerto Rican Rum, Brandy de Jerez, Cream, Pineapple, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Cherry, Aromatic Bitters

SOUTHSIDE

London Dry Gin or Cuban Rum Blend, Lime, Mint, Seltzer

CORONATION

French Gin, Italian Bitter, Apple, Almond, Lemon, Cinnamon, Elderberry, Egg White, Burlesque bitters

CELERY SOUR

London Dry Gin, Pineapple, Celery, Vanilla, Lemon, Cucumber, Greek Yogurt

BRASSERIE

Bourbon Whiskey, Aperol, Lemon, Passionfruit, Peach Shrub, Champagne, Decanter Bitters

TOREADOR

Tequila Blanco, Cachaça, Yellow Chartreuse, Apricot, Lemongrass, Green Bell Pepper, Lime, Basil

MARY PICKFORD

Cuban Rum Blend, Cherry, Pomegranate, Lime, Pineapple, Burlesque Bitters

03.

Sour / $16

Though related to punch, the sour is snappier and shorter, with just three core ingredients – alcohol, citrus & sugar. The Cuban classic is perhaps the most famous of all sours, the Daiquiri.

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DAIQUIRI

Cuban Rum Blend, Lime, Sugar or
Daiquiri de Luxe (Banana)
Havana Beach (Pineapple)
Strawberry Daiquiri (Strawberry)

EUREKA

Panamanian Rum, Genever, Apple Brandy, Aperol, Sloe Gin, Rhubarb, Lemon, Absinthe

MAZAGRAN

Guyanese Rum, Brandy de Jerez, Italian Amaro, Green Chartreuse, Lime, Coffee, Pecan, Smoked Black Peppercorn

PENDENNIS CLUB

Rhum Agricole, Pisco, French Herbal Liqueur, Apricot, Macadamia, Sanco Pepper, Peychaud’s Bitters

RATTLESNAKE

Islay Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Sweet French Vermouth, Fennel, Cacao, Lemon, Earl Grey Tea, Egg White

MISSISSIPPI MULE

Tequila Blanco, American Gin, Italian Amaro, Blackcurrant, Lemon,Ginger, Chamomile, Rhubarb, Decanter Bitters

CHAMPS – ÉLYSÉES

Cognac, Irish Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Honey, Szechuan Pepper, Lemon, Absinthe

HUGO BRACER

Bourbon Whiskey, Apple Brandy, Aquavit, Orange, Pomegranate, Lemon, Sriracha

04.

Old Fashioned / $16

In addition to alcohol and sugar, the signature ingredients of this quintessential American tipple are bitters and ice – which Cuban bars began to import especially from Boston as far back as 1815.

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SARATOGA

Cognac, Irish Whiskey, Pineapple Rum, Curaçao, Almond, Apple, Caramel, Cherry

ALASKA

Islay Gin, Sweet French Vermouth, Yellow Chartreuse, Kaffir Lime, Cucumber, Honeydew Melon

KING COLE

Rye Whiskey, Pineapple Rum, Ambre French Vermouth, Italian Amaro, Cacao

DUBONNET

Tequila Blanco, American Gin, French Bitter, Italian Amaro, Cacao, Earl Grey Tea, Mole Bitters

CRESCENT

Bourbon Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Lillet Rose, American Amaro, Grapefruit, Almond, Strawberry

BUTTON HOOK

Blanche Armagnac, Rhum Agricole, French Bitter, Cacao, Falernum, Apricot, White Mint, Absinthe

ARAWAK

Puerto Rican Rum, Italian Vermouth, Campari, PX Sherry, Coffee, Cocoa Nib, Vanilla, Absinthe

SATAN

Irish Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey, Italian Amaro, Italian Vermouth, Green Chartreuse, Banana, Birch

05.

Cocktail / $16

Drinks in this category resemble an Old-Fashioned, but are softened by the addition of fortified wine. The Cuban classic, the iconic El Presidente, has been dubbed “the aristocrat of cocktails”.

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BON ACCORD

Genever, Alpine Liqueur, Italian Vermouth, Pale Cream Sherry, Cinnamon, Aromatic Bitters

EUTHANASIA

Apple Brandy, Irish Whiskey, Apricot, Italian Amaro, Bénédictine, Maple

ALEXANDER

Brandy de Jerez, Dark Guyanese Rum, PX Sherry, Banana, Curaçao, Cream, Mole Bitters

CHAPARRA

Cuban Rum Blend, Sweet French Vermouth, Verjus, Falernum, Key Lime, Chamomile

PRINCE OF WALES

Panamanian Rum, Cognac, Madeira, Bénédictine, Tonka Bean, South Caribbean Amaro, Champagne

PARKEROO

Tequila Blanco, Mezcal, Manzanilla Sherry, Falernum, Yuzu, Pineapple, Green Bell Pepper

EL PRESIDENTE

Puerto Rican & Panamanian Rums, Mezcal, Italian Vermouth, Curaçao, Ancho Chili, Pomegranate

JOURNALIST

Caribbean Rum, London Dry Gin, Sweet French Vermouth, Pale Cream Sherry, Ginger, Lychee, Goji Berry

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