Try one of these House or Seasonal Cocktails the next time you’re out ‘n’ about.
October is a great time of year for all sorts of spirits. And if you favor spirits in a glass over those that come knocking on your door asking for treats, there are plenty of establishments in Franklin that are willing to introduce you to something that’ll do the trick.
So join us for a trip around town to find out “What’s Shaking” in Franklin this fall.
Cork & Cow
108 Fourth Avenue South
1.5 oz. Ford’s Gin
.75 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. Luxardo marashchino liqueur
.25 oz. Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette
Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Luxardo cherry.
This off-the-menu favorite is as beautiful as it is tasty. It gets its name from its color as the shade of blue reminded the creators of the color of the sky.
BURNT BRANDY AND PEACH
Gray’s On Main
332 Main Street
Brandy, Crème de Peche, Carpano Antica, Angostura and Aztec Chocolate bitters
At Gray’s On Main no amount of time or effort is too much when it comes to creating and crafting a classic cognac cocktail. Bartender Kala Ellis told us the precise ratios would have to remain a secret but she gladly shared the concept behind the Burnt Brandy & Peach. “Our base spirit is brandy, made in the style of cognac. Next is the Crème de Peche, a complex peach liqueur, followed by Carpano Antica, a rich, sweet vermouth. Finally, a couple of dashes of Angostura and Aztec Chocolate bitters. Pour out a bit of Laird’s Apple Brandy to light on fire, and zest with an orange to give that nice burnt, smoky taste.”
NEW OLD FASHIONED
1770 Galleria Boulevard
2 oz. Dickel 8
.75 oz. Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
In a mixing glass, add ice, whiskey, syrup and bitters. Stir well with a swizzle spoon. Strain over square rocks in a rocks glass and garnish with Filthy Cherry and Orange Peel.
CHARRED ORANGE COLLINS
Tupelo Honey Café
2000 Meridian Boulevard
Asheville-based Blue Blaze Sodas and Popcorn Sutton Small Batch
The Charred Orange Collins is new this fall at Tupelo Honey Café and it’s what you’d expect from an imaginative bar program that remains loyal to its Southern heritage. Blue Blaze Sodas are made in Asheville, home of the growing chain’s corporate headquarters; and Popcorn Sutton Small Batch, a handcrafted moonshine, is made in the hills of Newport, Tenn., a zig-and-a-zag across I-40 on the opposite side of the Smoky Mountains. But why go to all that trouble? Just stop by the Café and try this new fall favorite one afternoon after work.
THE WATER TOWER COCKTAIL
1109 Davenport Boulevard
1 oz. lemon vodka
1 oz. orange vodka
.5 oz. simple syrup
.25 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. fresh orange juice
.25 oz. cranberry juice
Shake, strain and top with Sprite
Sopapillas straddles the Brentwood-Franklin line off Franklin Rd., west of Cool Springs. The bar is a large, upscale hideaway, making it the perfect place to tell tall tales while sipping a Water Tower Cocktail which, according to bar manager Alan Walsh, was “inspired by an infamous event at the Franklin Water Tower.”