Bloody MaryA spicy and savory way to start the evening. Or the day for that matter the mcclure brothers of detroit have created the finest bloody mary mix we have ever had with just five all natural ingredients. It arrives served with a very special pickle
French 75Named after a cannon used in wwi, this classic consists of your choice of gin or brandy mixed with champagne and lemon juice, and served with a lemon twist. Tradition holds it was the cocktail of choice for allied officers on leave, with the british preferring the dryer notes of the gin, and the french having a taste for the sweetness that brandy revealed.
NegroniSmooth and seductive, as Italians can be with an herbal, citrus nose, it’s bracing and unique, made not to disguise the flavors but to celebrate them. it’s campari and plymouth gin, along with either our own tango reduction ”vermouth”, or vya, a small batch sweet vermouth. finish is a flamed orange peel.
Old FashionedAt the vtr, we pride ourselves on being cocktail preservationists. The old fashioned you get here is truly old fashioned. No gimmicks, no shortcuts. A sugar cube with a few drops of traditional bitters, muddled with fruit and topped with whiskey. That is it, and it is perfect.
SazeracCreated in new orleans by antoine amedee peychaud in the 1830s, the sazerac is an American classic. widely believed to be the first cocktail ever invented in this country, its bold taste - a combination of rye whiskey, vsop cognac, bitters and lemon peel - all in an absinthe coated glass, is a long-lived testament to american ingenuity and our national affinity for extra fine beverages.
SidecarCreated in france in the 1920s, the sidecar became a signature drink for the hemingway ex-pat crowd in postwar paris. Two parts cognac, one part cointreau, one part lemon. These are the perfect proportions of this classic cocktail.
Tom CollinsIn 1874, a silly prank swept the nation revolving around an imaginary man named tom collins. This practical joke came to be known as the great tom collins hoax, which spurred this namesake cocktail in 1876. a delicious blend of gin, sugar, lemon juice and soda water, it’s an excellent cocktail you definitely want to know.
Strength of SpiritSometimes in life, you need a cocktail that’s going to command your full attention. Each of these has its own reward for the good strong souls who possess a longing for the less than subtle
AviationThis exceptional mixture of plymouth gin, maraschino luxardo, crème de violette and lemon juice has a floral hint of violet as well as cherry to the nose. There’s a clean, astringent lemon taste on the palate with a finish of undeniable ‘je ne sais quoi’. It’s quite literally a marvel. And oh, the color
The Berkshire MartinezMichael ruhlman, a renowned and passionate food writer, hails from our very own cleveland. This was his own “more muscular” spin on the martinez, a classic cocktail dated back to 1887. plymouth gin, sweet vermouth, a bit of maraschino liqueur, a healthy dose of vtr bitters (our choice), and a squeeze of lemon. We tried several and ruhlman’s version impressed us with its even balance and compelling complexity
Blood and SandFirst created in the 1930s, this cocktail was named for rudolph valentino’s greatest role as an ill fated matador in the 1922 movie blood and sand. Johnnie walker black scotch, cherry heering, sweet vermouth, and freshly squeezed orange. It’s the perfect example of a sum being greater than its parts.
Cleveland RoseOur head bartender, hilary, designed this wonderfully alluring cocktail. Two incongruous white liquors are seamlessly joined with yellow chartreuse producing a sultry and graceful blend of distinctive yet unexpected flavors. Beautiful to look at, but proceed with caution, roses have thorns
SongbirdPlymouth gin, chartreuse, st. germain and lemon, all work a mysterious magic and give this drink “a perfume that blooms from the glass like a spring day”. Chicago’s “best cocktail 2009”, by brad bolt of bar deville.
Widow's KissShe’s the most bewitching cocktail in the vtr arsenal. The widow does not cast her strong herbaceous spell on everyone, but for those who succumb to her heady mixture of lairds, benedictine and chartreuse, her kiss is both powerful and addictive.
ManhattansAh, the manhattan! When properly prepared, at first sip a manhattan will raise your eyebrows endlessly adaptable, this cocktail is able to morph into other incarnations without losing its undeniable flair. The finish is usually an amarena cherry or sometimes a twist.
The Classic ManhattanClassics remain classic for a reason vya sweet vermouth, vtr bitters and makers mark. The way it always was.
The Tango ManhattanMade with the vtr’s housemade red wine reduction, vtr bitters and makers mark. A touch sweeter, a touch more nuanced
The Perfect Manhattan, Barrel AgedHeld in american white oak casks for a month, we blend vya white vermouth together with a special edition of our vtr red wine reduction made for only this cocktail. The result is smoother, oakier and smokier. Something different that only comes with time (upcharge of $2)
Sours (Properly MadePity the sour. A noble and distinctive drink - with its good name sullied through years of association with pre-made mixes in unholy colors. At the vtr, we’ve worked hard to restore the sour to its proper place of glory. An egg white, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, and the spirit of your choice. That’s it. The egg white is key - it acts to bind the juice, sugar and alcohol into a showcase for the primary liquor.
WhiskeyThe richness of maker’s mark bourbon make this one the classic
Dry WhiskeyBulleit bourbon, dry, crisp and sophisticated
Rye WhiskeyOverholt rye, spicy and unexpected
ScotchJohnnie walker black, smoky and seductive, with the subtlest woodsy note
Apple BrandyLairds, tart and tangy, like a granny smith
Amaretto Di SaronnoIrresistible, with very sweet notes of almond and cherry
Apricot BrandyLush and fruity, with the intoxicating aroma of a sun-ripened apricot
PiscoMade with white grape brandy from peru, dusted with vietnamese cinnamon and punctuated with aromatic bitters. Tangy and completely unique
GingerThe enigmatic owner of the vtr has a minor ginger obsession. Unsatisfied with blandly cloying ginger ales, so began a quest to develop his own high-test ginger beer, subtly sweet, with a generous dose of heat and full bite of spice. His proprietary ginger beer is like nothing else
Bourbon DaisyThe drink of the bad girls and boys of prohibition. Maker’s mark, ginger beer and grenadine form an unholy alliance of fruity, boozy deliciousness. One of the longest “finishes” makes this one a sipper.
BrazilianOne of the vtr’s original cocktails. A sultry blend of oronoco - a white rum with vanilla tones, ginger beer and bitters, designed to take the edge off. Lighter than its dark ‘n’ stormy cousin, and very refreshing.
Dark ‘N’ StormyBorn on bermuda’s pink sand beaches, the dark ‘n’ stormy is a sinfully addictive study in layers with lime juice on the bottom, ginger beer in the middle, and gosling’s black seal rum capping it all off. The straw is inserted slowly so your first sip is a symphony of flavors.
The HighballAn old school term for an old school cocktail. This is a highball with a capital h. a very classic cocktail made of maker’s mark, ginger beer and lime. Very hard to beat.
Moscow MuleBorn of a legendary 1941 brainstorming meeting between smirnoff’s American distributor and jack morgan of the infamous **** ‘n’ bull tavern, this is the cocktail that ignited the American craze for vodka. stolichnaya, ginger beer and lime juice, served on the rocks in a copper cup to stay extra cold.
Spicy ChicaFrothy, delicious, and decadent, this cocktail is the vtr’s own little homage to tiki culture. Made with gosling’s black seal rum, ginger beer, fresh juices and a dusting of cinnamon. If carmen miranda could order a drink
LimeThere are lemons, which are wonderfully sour. And then there are the limes, which like life, are bittersweet
CaipirinhaMade with cachaça, a brazilian sugarcane distillate said to be around 500 years old. Shaken with just sugar and fresh lime juice, it’s surprisingly refreshing for a cocktail that packs a punch. The copacabana suddenly feels that much closer to cleveland
Cereza De CalOur bartender, nicole, came up with this fantastic tequila based cocktail. To say it’s just a cherry limeade with a kick would be selling it short. Don julio reposado - a dark tequila mixed with a jammy cherry liqueur and fresh lime juice along with some soda water, served in a tall glass. Muy delicioso!
Hemingway DaiquiriA bar. A man. A drink. “Those are the facts,” writes drink historian ted haigh, “and from there the story goes straight to hell.” this is a sweeter version of the daiquiri that hemingway requested in havana in the 1930s. Papa preferred his on the dry side. Hand shaken with rum and balanced with lime, a little simple syrup and an egg white.
KatydidWe really love this citrusy concoction that our bartender, katy, thought up. A heavy dose of solerno - a blood orange liqueur, belvedere vodka, fresh lime juice, and a dash of orange bitters. Oh, and there’s more finished with a flamed orange peel.
The Last WordOur friend frank jason puts it best: “and so it is with the aptly entitled last word. It's a dichotomy: violent and stunning, sour yet sweet. It's incredibly complex and very hard to get to know. The drink shares its origin in time with the darkest period of libational life in the U.S. - prohibition”. Equal parts of plymouth gin, green chartreuse, lime juice and maraschino liqueur = a stunner.
Rangpur GimletBuilt around tanqueray rangpur gin, this delectable cocktail perfectly blends the sweet, sour and floral notes of rangpur limes with a frothy citrus and egg white base.
The World of Fizzes and FlipsDriven by a need for something light, delicious and alcoholic, the bartenders of yesteryear invented these delightful concoctions. Their soft, cloud-like texture has inspired a cult following. A labor-intensive cocktail that’s very worth the wait.
Ramos Gin FizzHenry c. ramos invented this cocktail at his bar in meyer’s restaurant in new orleans back in 1888. light and frothy, with wonderful hints of orange blossom and citrus, served with a spoon so you don’t miss one ambrosial foamy bit.
Royal FizzSmooth and custard-like, this lovely cocktail is as fizzy as its sister, the ramos, but richer and subtly denser, with notes of vanilla and a whole egg giving this amazing concoction its beautiful golden glow.
India Lime FizzA vtr original, featured on the food channel’s “best thing i ever drank”, this fizz brings the exotic taste of floral india limes and notes of vanilla to the rich and creamy base. The use of a whole egg disguises a particularly powerful cocktail.
Shanghai FizzExotically herbaceous, leaning towards heavenly. With a flavor like no other, it’s made with the only liqueur so good they named a color after it only at the vtr.
The FlipThe flip has been around since shakespearean times and has seen many incarnations using various liquors, wine, beer and milk. But this particular sherry based cocktail came into vogue in the latter half of the 19th century. The rich and complex sweetness is highly sophisticated in a way that perhaps could only be recalled from a past life.
Housemade EggnogIt's a poorly kept holiday secret that the vtr has the best eggnog in town. Perish the thought of those cardboard cartons in the dairy case - ours is enticingly frothy and wonderfully spiced with a mixture of brandy and dark rum. Made according to the owner's own recipe. Especially festive during the holidays but, at the vtr, we’re happy to make it for you any time.
The Three LadiesDon’t let the names fool you. These cocktails are not just for ladies
The Lady in RedShe’s vodka blended with the tango room’s own red wine reduction. Adorned with marinated grapes, this sangria-like cocktail has been a long-time favorite of tango room regulars.
The Lady in WhiteShe’s lovely and mild, with definite lemon notes and a soft, frothy texture. This cocktail is definitely on the drier side
The Apricot LadyShe features the heady aromatics of ripe apricots, nicely balanced with the lemon juice. Dry, and a bit stronger than the other ladies
The Black/White RussianA mix of vodka and coffee liqueur, a true stroke of genius in the history of cocktailery. First appeared in 1949 at the hotel metropole in brussels. Add cream to make it white, perhaps gilding the lily, but it’s undeniably decadent.
Corpse Reviver #2A potent mix of gin, cointreau, lillet blanc and lemon, capped with a few drops of absinthe. Created to reanimate the dead (or just the extremely hung-over).
Ninth WardOriginally introduced at “tales of the cocktail 2008” in new orleans. It features bulleit bourbon delivered in a creole style with st. germain, falernum, lime juice and peychaud’s bitters. A unique flavor blend that’ll floor you.
Royal Bermuda Yacht ClubYou don’t have to own a schooner to drink one of these. Barbados rum, cointreau and lime juice accented with a hint of falernum will put you in a tropical frame of mind.
The Rust BeltCleveland, a shining example of what a city must do to stay relevant in the 21st entury. It’s about substance meeting style - much like this drink. With a bite of bitter and a pointed punch, you’ll find only a hint of sweetness here. Lucky for us, our bartender, julie, has a sophisticated palate - and this one’s all hers.
Brandy AlexanderThe classic version. Brandy with dark crème de cacao, cream and fresh nutmeg. A truly perfect finish to the evening.
Root Beer FloatWith or without maker’s mark bourbon, we use a boutique root beer and tahitian vanilla gelato to make our float the pinnacle of its kind
Cocktail Flights for Two or MoreAn ideal way to experience our signature cocktails, flights are groupings of three cocktails designed to create a harmonious progression of flavor experiences. Each cocktail’s flavor profile and finish, gently introduces and compliments the next one in the series. The opening cocktail is full-sized, followed by a slightly smaller tasting size cocktail before the final coup-de-grace, another full-size cocktail.
White, Light and SpicyLady in white, rangpur gimlet, dark ‘n’ stormy
Dark Spirits-WhiskeysRye whiskey sour, highball, classic bourbon manhattan
Brandy CollectionApple brandy sour, french 75, pisco sour
Fruits, Herbs and SpicesLady in red, lady in white, bourbon daisy
Dry HumorApricot lady, aviation, tango negroni
Warm Olives and AlmondsA variety of olives warmed with sun dried tomatoes, fresh thyme, orange zest and chili. Consider it the perfect add-on to any of our other savory offerings
Speck on RyeFully cured and smoked pork belly, sliced and served on dark rye, topped with sweet and spicy mustard and finished with cracked tellicherry peppercorns. Very, very addictive
Artisanal CheeseA selection of three cheeses served with fresh and dried fruits and crackers. Perfect with cocktails, wines and champagne
Swine and CheeseA local ohio goat cheese with a courvoisier fig sauce and a mound of prosciutto and crackers. Sweet, salty and savory
Charcuterie PlateProsciutto and sopressata with an olive tapenade and crackers
GelatoTahitian vanilla, dark chocolate or pistachio
Chocolate TrufflesA beautiful selection of the most sensuous of chocolates - locally made artisanal truffles
Selections for Two or More
Chocolate FondueDip into some dark and sweet swiss chocolate - served with a selection of dipping treats
Bananas FosterCaramelized bananas flambéed tableside and served over premium butter pecan ice cream in the classic new orleans style