Franklin Mortgage is known for constructing intricate, endlessly referential cocktail menus that touch on literature, classic film and alcohol’s historical place in the American consciousness. And on Sunday, December 1, they’re bringing this all together for one night of cocktails based on the movie Top Gun.
No, really. They’ve got guest bartender Michael Buonocore from Vernick behind the stick and a whole menu of drinks already planned. One of them is called “Jeans and Volleyball” You know you want to see it. And if I wasn’t going to be spending my Sunday trying to escape from the frozen wasteland of Upstate New York, I would totally be there myself…
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Tonight, the Franklin will release their 16th cocktail menu–and the first to be produced under the command of new head barman, Mike Treffehn. True, Treffehn and ex-head-bartender Al Sotack collaborated on the thing in order to make everything run smoothly, but still–congrats, Mike. It looks like a killer list.
And as if a new cocktail menu wasn’t enough, the bar has also taken a stab at updating their beer and wine programs. Oh, and they have another class coming up, too–an introduction to cognac course, taught by certified cognac professional and Franklin bartender Mary Rose Braun. You can get more information on courses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But in the meantime…
Here’s what you’ll be drinking at the Franklin this winter
Franklin Mortgage will be using its recently added upstairs bar to teach customers how to make cocktails. First up is “Introduction to Tiki.” Learn about tiki culture and tiki cocktails while enjoying a daiquiri, mai tai and zombie.
The tiki class is this Thursday at 6 p.m. and costs $85 per person. New head bartender, Mike Treffehn will be teaching the class.
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Today marks the fourth anniversary of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. Ah we remember the first days so well, Arthur Kade requesting flavored vodka, followed by vodka, followed by a very puzzled look. And now after four years, the bar is no doubt a success story. And to celebrate, head bartender Al Sotack tells us they will be offering $9 daiquiris for the next month, right through July 18th.
We asked Sotack what’s the deal with the upstairs expansion of Franklin and received a surprising answer. The upstairs has been very quietly open for the past three weeks. And this weekend you can find Sotack and bartender Catherine Manning upstairs working the new bar. In addition to the extra room, the Franklin will experiment with reservations upstairs at the end of July.
So, go celebrate four years with Franklin Mortgage and if you go on a weekend, check out what’s happening upstairs.
Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. [Official Site]
4 years in, 14 menus down, and tonight at 5pm Franklin Mortgage will be debuting menu number 15. It is, as always, a long, literary and musical list, with the same sort of rare liquors, clever combinations, high-test cocktails and extensive use of bitters, tinctures and syrups that has come to define the Franklin and set it on its own path to cocktail bar greatness.
The highlights? How ’bout a simple Dark & Stormy with Goslings rum, lime, ginger syrup and soda? Or perhaps the slightly more complicated Lily Dale Swizzle with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Ron Zacappa rum, lemon, ginger and cinnamon syrups, birch and sarsaparilla tincture, and a little bit of Pernod. Or the completely weird …With A Baseball Bat which brings together peanut butter washed Old Forester, Bols genever, crème de mure, creme de Framboise, brown sugar syrup and Aphrodite bitters in a glass with a rock and nothing else.
There’s also a drink with pickle syrup, and another one utilizing what I assume has to be a house-made tincture of long hots, but I’ll let you check out the full menu to discover those for yourself.
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This Sunday, Lemon Hill is hosting a tiki pop-up. The Franklin’s Mike Treffehn and Aaron Siak are going to be at the Fairmount bar blending fresh pina coladas, daiquiris and more.
The fun runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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The cocktails at Franklin Mortgage are not exactly cheap. But tonight, some of them will be offered at the best price of all: Free.
Tonight, from 8 to midnight, all drinks made with Diageo products (which means Johnnie Walker, Bulleit, Ketel One, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Crown Royal and more) will be on the house. Totally gratis. Discounted by 100%. Oh, and what’s more, head barman Al Sotack will have some help behind the long oak with legendary drink-slinger Jim Meehan (from PDT in Manhattan) and his friend Ricky Gonzalez lending a hand. Free drinks. Good company. What’s not to love?
Sobriety is so overrated…
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The one constant at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.? Change. And today, head bartender Al Sotack is releasing the cocktail bar’s 14th menu–which features 8 classics and 20 new staff submissions from the likes of Sara Justice (the Florence Kelley Club) and Colin O’Neill, who started at the Franklin as a barback, now has his own night (Thursdays) and a mutant Old Fashioned called the Boss Lady on the new menu.
Check out the full board below. It goes into effect starting tonight for the customary 3-month run.
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Lemon Hill has taken over the food program at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. chef Joel Mazigian will be preparing seasonal snacks like Speck with house mustard, Bayley Hazen Blue with pear vanilla aigre-doux and candied walnuts.
And remember, it’s never a bad idea to mix in solids during a drinking session at the Franklin.
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It isn’t just restaurants that change menus for the season. Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company’s menu changes are always worth taking note of. This one more than most because it is the first since Colin Shearn has left for St. Charles Exchange in Louisville. Head barman Al Sotack says “this menu more than any other illuminates the varied talents and interests of our staff as a whole. Every bartender is represented.”
Sotack says new GM Christina Rando’s “Fevre Dream” is one of his personal favorites. It’s “a delicate swizzle that plays Tanqueray off of Cocchi di Torino vermouth and a house apple mango chamomile tea.” Also look for some Autumnal favorites of prior menus to make a return such as the Sam Hain (a brandy Old Fashioned with house pumpkin syrup) and the Dolly Rocker (a gin cooler with house lemon thyme shrub.)
Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. Fall 2012 Menu (PDF)
Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. [Official Site]