Saturday, December 2, 2023

Raise a Glass at The Heights: Fall cocktails on tap


The Heights is happening with a new focus on barrel-aged cocktails made in house along with wine flights and locally sourced brews. Bartenders are shaking it up with seasonal libations on the twelfth floor of the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. If you haven’t been up, it’s time to sit down, while observing social distance protocols. 

A View From the Top
With a panoramic view of Toledo, The Heights proves a welcome meeting place for business dinners, casual cocktails, girls’ nights out, or dates on trend. “Our busiest nights are still the weekends,” bartender Lauren Minder says. “We have an upbeat vibe with dance-y music and a lot of parties, special events and celebrations.”

“The Bourbon Mule with apple brandy quickly became a best-seller as soon as it hit the menu,” Dan Ripley another bartender explains. “When you use the botanicals, it becomes a very drinkable mule.” Other fan favorites include a Siesta Mule using tequila and the East Side Gin Mule which reps partner Toledo Spirits, just a few blocks north on Summit St.

What’s Your Flavor
A wine flight and rotating craft beer list is also in the seasonal change-up to draw in wine enthusiasts and to highlight local breweries like Ernest Brew Works and Maumee Bay Brewing. 

Botanicals like Ketel One’s Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber + Mint or Peach + Orange Blossom might be on trend, but the Dirty Martini and Old-fashioned hold their own, prepared just the way you like them.

Don’t Let Me Down
When you head up, make sure you bring a mask. The staff is ready to serve you safely, allowing everyone to have fun responsibly. “(Guests) must wear their masks anytime they are not sitting down. Everyone, just remain seated at all times,” Minder says with a smile.

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