November 11, 2010
Magazines, newspapers and blogs — including the one you’re reading right now — can’t stop singing the praises of The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company, a pre-Prohibition-style cocktail lounge just off Rittenhouse Square.
As if you needed another reason to get your throwback cocktail on, The Franklin just updated its drink and food options to reflect the season.
Look on the cocktail menu page entitled “House of Leaves” (subtitled “because change is inevitable and never to be feared”) for the seasonal sips, with ingredients such as fresh apple juice and house-made pumpkin syrup. The only thing to fear here is loving the drinks a little too much, if you know what I mean. If you hear a bartender say that you’re “Franklined,” it’s time to switch to water.
During a recent visit to the sophisticated, cozy bar, I was lucky enough to taste-test quite a few concoctions. Far from a liquor lover, I’m now a believer in The Franklin’s amazing ability to pick the perfect drink for any patron. They even managed to keep a straight face when I asked if I could just have a vodka and soda. (Note: Don’t do that.)
The menu takes guests on a journey through the cocktail from traditional (read: easier-to-drink) recipes on the first page, “Required Reading,” all the way through to the YOWZA!-inducing liquids on the last page, appropriately named “I Asked Her for Water, She Brought Me Gasoline.”
The bartenders — who could almost be considered scientists — create and expertly craft the drinks, which include between three and eight ingredients and sport names such as Horse Thief, Stormy Monday, Backhanded Punch and Darkness on the Edge of Town. My Bizzy Izzy provided a nice stepping stone to the more complicated tastes.
Complementing the decadent and delicious cocktails is a simple yet thoughtful selection of autumnal snacks: antipasto including sharp provolone, Italian meats, olives, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, figs and artichokes; a cheese plate of a locally produced goat cheese spread, aged manchego and flatbreads; duck fat potato chips; curried-chutney deviled eggs with caper berries and pommery mustard; and a trio of spreads including roasted hummus, white bean purée, edamame hummus and other daily choices. I cannot emphasize this enough — order the edamame hummus.
So the moral of the post: Fall is the perfect time to eat, drink and get Franklined.
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company
112 S. 18th Street