New August Happy Hour Menu At Franklin Mortgage

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It’s August and the crew over at the Franklin have a new “Extra Credit” menu at the bar. This time they’re highlighting mint with five cool, classic, mint-heavy cocktails for this hottest month of the year.

The Extra Credit menu is available all the time, but the Franklin also uses it like their happy hour menu–and everything on it is just $11 between 5-7pm, Sunday through Thursday. There are also $2 High Life ponies and a $7 daily punch, just to sweeten the deal.

Check out the full menu below.

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DIY Down the Shore: Better Than A G+T

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 2.00.40 PMFor the past couple weeks, we’ve been talking to a variety of Philly chefs and bartenders, asking them what they bring with them to eat and drink when they go down the shore. And now, for the next couple weeks, we’re going to be sharing with you their favorite recipes for snacks, cocktails and other delicious things so that you, too, can eat and drink like a pro.

In the words of Franklin Mortgage’s head bartender, Mike Treffehn, “In the dog days of summer, the G+T is king. And while I’ll never say no to a standard well gin and gun tonic, at home and at my bar I like to step it up a notch.” 

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Learn About Whiskey at The Franklin Bar

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Finally, a class that combines learning and alcohol. On Monday, June 23rd, The Franklin Bar is hosting an Introduction to American Whiskey class. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. attendees will learn about the development and transformation of whiskey from its earliest days to now, engage in a Q&A with head bartender Mike “Juice” Treffehn and sample a wide range of styles of whiskey, including white, bourbon and more.

Attendees will get hands-on experience learning about American whiskey and, while there is an “agenda” (beyond getting people to drink more whiskey, we assume, which isn’t so much an agenda as the Lord’s work), Treffehn made it clear that the event is just as much about the whiskey as it is the people. This intimate class of 12 (and sometimes fewer), is meant to “cater to who is actually there,” according to Treffehn.

To learn more about the event (or to buy tickets), visit online.

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Franklin Mortgage Is Celebrating 5 Years Of Pouring Hooch

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So it’s been five years since the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. first opened its subterranean doors and started slinging some of the strongest and most creatively-named drinks in the city. And this week, the people who have put their stamps on dozens of menus over a half-decade are coming back for special anniversary shifts behind the bar.

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Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

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Long Hots, Cinnamon and Noilly Pratt: New Cocktail Menu At Franklin Mortgage

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I will say one thing about the crew at the Franklin. They have never, in 18 iterations, put out a dull cocktail menu.

This one is their spring board, mixing all manner of things that shouldn’t be in drinks (like olive oil) with other things that shouldn’t be in drinks (like maple-balsamic gastrique) and, if history repeats, somehow coming out the other side with something notable, occasionally remarkable, and sometimes just plain strange.

Anyway, I love these guys primarily because they’re nuts. And because I always know that I’ve been drinking when I try to walk back up the stairs again. So now that the new menu is out, you know where to find me.

Check out the new cocktail list after the jump.

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“Cocktails for a Cause” at Lemon Hill This Evening

lemon-hill-dining-roomThis evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Lemon Hill is bringing in some bartending talent for a good cause. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Emmanuelle, Michael Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. and Vince Stipo of Vernick Food & Drink and Lemon Hill’s Michelle Curtis will be pouring cocktails featuring Beefeater or Plymouth gin. The cocktails will be available for $8 and half of the proceeds will go to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

The “Cocktails for a Cause” tour will continue with three additional stops this spring.

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UPDATE: More Movie-Themed Cocktail Nights From The Franklin And Emmanuelle

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UPDATE: Just got word that tonight’s Big Lebowski movie night at the Franklin has been postponed. No new date set yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as something gets worked out.

Really, the only question is how the Franklin got through so many movie nights without doing The Big Lebowski.

But anyway, that cinematic travesty has now been remedied with a pair of movie-themed cocktail nights which will see the Franklin’s Mike Treffehn and Phoebe Esmon from Emmanuelle sharing their respective bars on two different nights for two different (but equally awesome) theme nights.

You already know that the first one will be The Big Lebowski, but what about the second one?

All the details (and the cocktail menus) right this way

Tonight: Movie Night At Franklin Mortgage

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It’s movie night again at Franklin Mortgage. And while no, they’re not actually showing the movie (which, they explained, would be either illegal or really, really expensive), they have put together a cocktail menu inspired by the awesome (and often tragically undervalued) Luc Besson science fiction cult hit, The Fifth Element.

Yeah, the one where Milla Jovovich spends most of the movie almost naked. Didn’t I already say it was awesome?

Anyway, drink-slingers Christina Rando and Colin O’Neill have got a Fhloston Paradise menu all put together and they’ll be serving it tonight starting at 5pm. So if you’re a fan (or even if you just really like drinking), get on over there and have yourself a Korben Dallas: Meat Popsicle. And while you’re waiting, check out the full menu after the jump.

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Classic Cinema Movie Night (And Themed Cocktails) At Franklin Mortgage This Sunday

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In December, they did Top Gun–a classic of American cinema–with excellent themed cocktails based on the movie. And now, the crew from Franklin Mortgage is going back to the well once again for a Sunday Movie Night event featuring the completely insane Cage/Travolta masterpiece Face/Off. There’s gonna be cool drinks for just $11 a pop, pizza from the guys at Pitruco, Mike Treffehn and Catherine Manning behind the stick, and all the madness that comes of anything involving Nicolas Cage.

So, Sunday night, January 26. Make your plans now. And check out the cocktail menu below to get you in the mood.

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