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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 / $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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Mojito

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

Rum & Cola

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

Bold as Brass

Irish Whiskey, Genever, Fino Sherry, Chardonnay, Lemon, Boston Bittahs, Club Soda

Fat Cat

Gin, Reposado Tequila, Italian Bitter, Peach, Rhubarb, Lemon, Sour Ale

Yankee Dollar

Bourbon, Peated Scotch, Peach, Barley Syrup, Lemon, Soda

Nitty Gritty

Amontillado Sherry, Caribbean Rum, Banana, Curaçao, Mint Syrup, Black Cardamon, Brut Champagne

Cayo Coco

Caribbean Rum, Genever, Coconut, Macadamia, Lime, Peychaud’s Bitters, Salt, Club Soda

Rum & Ginger

Jamaican Rum, Passionfruit, Lime, Aromatic Bitters, Ginger Beer

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

Mary Pickford

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

Gulf Stream

Mezcal, Irish Whiskey, Overproof Rum, Falernum, Apple, Dill, Lime, Maraschino

Ballerina

Vodka, Rainwater Madeira, Apricot, Ginger, Pineapple, Lemon, Nutmeg

Fine & Dandy

Cognac, Arrack, French Bitter, Orange, Passionfruit, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Lime, Aromatic Bitters, Nutmeg

Big Kahuna

Puerto Rican Rum, Strawberry, Orange, Carrot, Greek Yoghurt, Aromatic Bitters

Pina Colada

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

Gin Cobbler

Gin, Fino & PX Sherries, Falernum, Yellow Chartreuse, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange and Peychaud’s Bitters, Nutmeg

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 –

Classic – Frozen – Banana – Strawberry – Pineapple – Coconut – Hemingway

Sunshine Superman

Blanco Tequila, Cachaca, Lemongrass, Guava, Lime, Ponzu, Egg-White

Gravy Train

Bourbon, Trinidad Rum, Jamaican Rum, Banana, Pineapple, Lime, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Nutmeg

Wild Orchid

Cognac, Spanish Vermouth, Apple, Fig, Lemon, Caramel, Black Cardamon

Baccarat

Brandy, Applejack, Jamaican Rum, Curaçao, Port, Banana, Guinness Syrup, Egg, Nutmeg

VENTRILOQUIST

Blanco Tequila, Overproof Rum, Mezcal, Amontillado Sherry, Pineapple, Pepper, Lime, Hell re Bitters

Tear-Jerker

Cuban Rum Blend, Pisco, Pear, Lemon, Vanilla, Macadamia, Cherry, Absinthe

One-Armed Bandit

Genever, Aquavit, Italian Bitter, Fino Sherry, Button Mushroom, Lemon

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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Whizz Kid

Bourbon, Cognac, Cachaca, Amaro, Vanilla, Cherry Bitters

Jungle Boogie

Irish Whiskey, Trinidad Rum, Port, PX Sherry, Apricot, Pear, Pineapple, Agave, Orange & Aromatic Bitters

Firebrand

Old Tom Gin, Pale Cream Sherry, Italian Blanc Vermouth, American Bitter, Fennel, Cherry, Peach Bitters

Commando

Mezcal, Pale Cream Sherry, Italian Bitter, Amaro, Almond, Blueberry, Burlesque Bitters

GUANTANAMERA

Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky, Applejack, Madeira, Amaro, Ancho Chili, Cumin

BLIND MARIACHI

Guyanese Rum, Rye Whiskey, Italian Blanc Vermouth, Rhubarb, Yuzu, Huckleberry, Cucumber Bitters

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Benedictine, PX Sherry, Ginger

GUERRILLA WAR

Guatemalan Rum, Scotch Whisky, Madeira, Amaro, Coffee, Burlesque Bitters, Absinthe

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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EL PRESIDENTE

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

BRIGADIER

Blanche Armagnac, Port, Vermouth, Verjus, Curaçao, Cacao

SITTING DUCK

Old Tom Gin, Italian Blanc Vermouth, Strega, Peach Shrub, Vanilla

CRY BABY

Barbados Rum, Dominican Rum, Italian Vermouth, Banana, Ginger, Cinnamon, Pimento Bitters

ROBIN HOOD

Celery Vodka, Aquavit, Fino Sherry, Tomato & Jerk Bitters

SHARPSHOOTER

Caribbean Rum, Gin, Pale Cream Sherry, Verjus, Guava, Sesame

FIRE CRACKER

Blanco Tequila, Oloroso Sherry, Cacao, Peach, Dandelion

FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR

French Vermouth, Rye Whiskey, Bourbon, Mead, Yellow Chartreuse, Banana, Gentian, Decanter Bitters

/ Blacktail / Pier A. / NYC /