Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking This Summer at The Franklin
The Franklin has been having a busy season.
A few weeks back, they turned the upstairs bar into a tiki lounge complete with its own cocktail menu.
Then there was the 8th anniversary, which the Franklin Bar (Formerly Franklin Mortgage) celebrated with a solar system of booze — a menu which, it should be noted, will be available all summer long.
And now, they’re releasing the official summer 2017 cocktail menu. It’s an impressive list, assembled in a new way, rigorously tasted and tested by the staff. And we’ve got the whole thing for you right here — along with some pictures.
First, a word about how the menu was put together. Under normal circumstances, the custom cocktails that make up the menu at a place like the Franklin are chosen by the head bartender (same way a kitchen’s menu would be put together by the exec chef). But this time, the Franklin decided to do something a little bit different and a little more collaborative.
I’ll let manager Jason Elliott describe it:
“This new menu is unique in that for the first time in the history of the bar it was put together without a head bartender. Our entire staff got involved in the crafting, sampling and tasting of the menu, which has resulted in a menu that not only hits all the right bases in cocktail types but has widened the general appeal by having several [palates] sample and approve the drinks we will be showcasing.”
So okay, what does a menu designed and tasted by committee look like?
It looks like this:
The Franklin Bar // Summer, 2017
Page One Shaken
Bonded Bourbon, Carpano Antica, Lemon & House Made Cola Syrup
If By Whiskey
Rye, Orgeat & Lemon
In The Weeds
London Dry Gin, Tequila Plata, Green Chartreuse, Lime & Green Bell Pepper
Famous Grouse, Laphroaig, Lemon, Bitters, Ginger & Honey
Reposado Tequila, Dry Vermouth, Raspberry, Lemon & Chipotle
Don’t Look Back
London Dry Gin, White Brandy, Aperol, Lemon Blueberry & Lemon Grass
Page Two Shaken
That Pink One…
Overproof Rum, Aperol, Lemon, Orgeat & Egg White
At World’s End
Cachaca, Amaro Montenegro, Lime & Passionfruit
Appleton Reserve, Wray & Nephew, Averna, Fassionola & Egg White
London Dry Gin, Port, Amontillado Sherry, Lemon & Blackberry
Parisian Divorce Court
Neisson Blanc, Crème de Peche & Demerara
Wray & Nephew, London Dry Gin, Creole Shrub, Lime, Green Apple & Mint
Crème Depeche Mode
Vodka, Crème de Peche, Lemon, Aloe & Bitters
Bol’s Genever, Overproof Rum, Lemon, Cherry Blossom & Cumin
Pisco Portion, Amaro Montenegro, Lime, Pineapple, Lemon Oleo & Cucumber
Painting The Roses Red
Mezcal, Crème de Cocao, Lime & Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Benedictine, Punt e Mes, Galliano, Overproof Rum, White Agricole Rum & Angostura
Famous Grouse, Laphroaig, Lemon, Ginger & Honey
Negroni Ya Ya
Ford’s Gin, Campari, Cocchi Americano & Sweet Potato
Coco Tequila, Mezcal, Tempest Cacao, Agave & BBQ Bitters
The new menu is being shaken, stirred and poured right now. And while drinking in a windowless basement is not exactly what most people think of when deciding how to spend their summer nights, there are a couple cocktails on there that I’d drink even if they were served to me while sitting on a bucket in the alley next door.
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