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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.

 


 

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01.

The HIGHBALL / $18

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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Mojito

Cuban Rum Blend, Lime, Mint Syrup, Aromatic Bitters, Club Soda

Rum & Cola

Bahamian Rum, Fernet Branca, Cola Syrup, Aromatic Bitters, Brut Champagne

Bad Penny

London Dry Gin, Jalapeño, Italian Bianco Vermouth, Grapefruit, Lemon, Passionfruit, Cucumber

Secret Santa

Islay Scotch, Jamaican Rum, Pomegranate, Lime, Mole Bitters

Soft Touch

London Dry Gin, Honey, Italian Aperitif, Coconut, Lemon, Burlesque Bitters

Drag Queen

Venezuelan Rum, Maple, Cinnamon, Apple Cider, Cream

Bird’s Eye View

Rye Whiskey, Jamaican Rum, Italian Bitter, Oloroso Sherry, Coffee Tonic

Billy The Kid

Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Tomato, Lime, Salt, Grapefruit Hefeweizen

02.

Punch / $18

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, Banana, Apricot, French Bitter, Yuzu, Pineapple, Lime

Mary Pickford

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

Self Defense

French Vodka, Green Chili, Honey, Orange, Lemon

Under Lock and Key

Bourbon, Blended Scotch, Corn, Strawberry, Black Peppercorn, Cream, Whole Egg

Maid of Honor

Single Malt Scotch, Single Malt American Whiskey, Peated Irish Whiskey, Banana, Lime, Ponzu

Jet Lag

Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, German Bitter, Prickly Pear, Lime, Tasmanian Peppercorn, Absinthe

Pina Colada

Caribbean Rum, Overproof Rum, Pineapple, Coconut, Vanilla, Cream, Lime, Salt

Mint Condition

Haitian Rum, Italian Bitter, Cacao, Mint, Cream, Whole Egg

03.

Sour / $18

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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fresh fruit daiquiri

Coconut / Banana / Pineapple / Strawberry

DAIQUIRI

Cuban Rum Blend, Lime, Sugar

MIDNIGHT OIL

Puerto Rican Rum, Rhum Agricole, Cacao, Mint, Lime, Absinthe

Bootcamp

Single Malt Scotch, Aquavit, Blackberry, Sangiovese, Lemon, Egg White

Stormy Weather

London Dry Gin, Italian Bitter, Almond, Vanilla, Peach, Egg White

Running Battle

Pisco, Bergamot, Apricot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Dandelion, Chamomile

Blue Arsed Fly

Clairin, Oloroso Sherry, Coconut, Lime, Tandoori Spice

Hemingway

Cuban Rum Blend, Grapefruit, Maraschino, Lime, Sugar

04.

Old Fashioned / $18

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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Walk in The Park

Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Blended Scotch, Amontillado Sherry, French Bitter, Pineapple

Foliage

Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Spanish Brandy, Oloroso Sherry, Caribbean Bitter, Absinthe

Urban Myth

Blanco Tequila, Ristretto, Black Cardamom, Mole Bitters

Cover Story

Cachaça, Guyanese Rum, Italian Bitter, Tawny Port, Cacao, Cumin

Comandancia

Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, London Dry Gin, Apricot, Fino Sherry, Burlesque Bitters

Class Act

American Single Malt Whiskey, Blended Irish Whiskey, Fig, Yellow Chartreuse, Aromatic Bitters

Book Worm

Rye Whiskey, Panamanian Rum, Verjus, Guava, Aloe, Banana

Teacher’s Pet

Puerto Rican Rum, Jamaican Rum, Bermudian Rum, Italian Bitter, Cacao

05.

Cocktail / $18

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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El Presidente

Bahamian Rum, Panama Rum, Mezcal, Orange, Pomegranate, Mole Bitters

SOUL SISTER

German Gin, London Dry Gin, Dry Vermouth, Yuzu, Jasmine

CLANDESTINO

Jamaican Rum, Guatemalan Rum, Caribbean Rum, French Vermouth, Lemongrass

heavy metal

Spanish Brandy, Italian Vermouth, Vanilla, Italian Bitter

ROCKET SCIENCE

Danish Vodka, Onion, Verjus, Pale Cream Sherry, Fennel

top dog

Genever, Pale Cream Sherry, Fino Sherry, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

FIGHTING TALK

Bourbon, Applejack, Italian Vermouth, Celery, Absinthe

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

Blended Irish Whiskey, Pear Brandy, Reposado Tequila, Dry Curaçao, Fennel, Black Cardamom

/ Blacktail / Pier A. / NYC /