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 Brentwood 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 Brentwood this fall.
DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND MARTINI
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
700 Old Hickory Boulevard in The Shops at Seven Springs
Fresh Pineapple, Svedka All Natural Citron Vodka
Fresh pineapple infused for 21 days with Svedka All Natural Citron Vodka and garnished with a sweet pineapple slice
146 Prewitt Drive
1.5 oz. Bacardi Limon
.5 oz. agave
3 mint leaves
2 cucumber wedges
2 lemon wedges
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Splash of soda
Combine Bacardi Limon, agave, mint leaves and lime juice in an ice shaker. Strain over ice in a tall glass. Top with a splash of soda. Garnish with cucumber and lemon.
5201 Maryland Way
1.5 oz. SelvaRey White Rum
.5 oz. Gallo Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz. Cappelletti Aperitivo Americano Rosso
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
2 freshly squeezed orange slices
Coat rim of glass with cinnamon sugar
Combine all ingredients
Top with pomegranate seeds. Optional: Use an orange slice and cinnamon stick for additional aromatics.
From Bar Manager Abby Waltz
“Mary’s Mare is a delicious combination of ingredients that begs to be sipped on any Tennessee fall night. Imagine sitting at Mere Bulles in the Maryland Manor, either on the covered balcony or beautiful back patio, with leaves falling and this delectable drink in your hands. With notes of cinnamon and citrus, a slight bitterness from the Cappelletti, to the smooth fruit-forward flavors of orange and pomegranate. “Mary’s Mare” encapsulates an exquisite blend of classic fall fruity flavors and aromas.
127 Franklin Road
2 oz. Hendricks Gin
1 oz. house made tonic syrup
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Bar Manager Jeff Lockhart makes his tonic syrup with 1/4 cup chinchona bark powder, zest of 4 limes, 1/4 cup citric acid, 6 stalks of lemongrass, 2 cups agave nectar, and 3 cups water.
Everything but the agave goes into a saucepan and is brought to a boil, then simmered for 20 minutes. Strain and add the agave. (The syrup may be refrigerated for 30 days.) Add the gin and tonic syrup to a shaker half full of ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and finish with chilled soda water and bitters.
It sounds a bit complicated and that’s OK. Because it makes for a good excuse to visit this discreet fine dining venue with the old-school clubby vibe. You don’t have to be a UT fan to enjoy. But if you are, having an Orange Pride is a fine way to celebrate a victory or lament a defeat.
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.”