Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons

Last month I was invited to dinner with Franklin and Son for a Spring tasting at The Admiral Codrington (also known as The AdCod). I was pleasantly surprised as I know Franklin and Sons as a beverage company. However, the dinner was hosted by Chef Tonic pairer Justin Horsman and the head chef of The Admiral Codrington using only the finest foraged ingredients celebrating Spring and inspired by Franklin and Sons range of soft drinks and mixers.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In London Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In London Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In London Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In London Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonUpon arrival, I was in awe of how beautifully the setup and interiors of the dinner were. It definitely did look like spring with shrubbery and greenery all around the table and room.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonI was welcomed by a chilled Garden Spritz for starters; made with Franklin and Sons natural tonic water, Cocchi Americano, balsamic vinegar, cracked pepper and thyme. With all the spices and herbs that were used, when creating this cocktail, I was expecting this cocktail to have a bitter and peculiar taste, however, it did not. The Garden Spitz went down a treat and was nice to drink, whilst mingling with the other foodies. This cocktail is rather refreshing and aided in opening up my tastebuds for dinner.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In London Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonA nice touch was the handwritten name card, written on a leaf to emphasise the Spring dinner. For starters, I was served the oyster mushrooms wrapped in seeds with a tomato and basil based dipping sauce.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonThe cocktail served with my starter was the Sicilian Spring Cup, made with Franklin and Sons Sicilian lemon tonic, Chase GB very dry gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, basil, cucumber and orange. This cocktail was paired perfectly with the oyster mushrooms as the cocktail is extremely fruity and sweet and aided bringing out the oyster taste in the mushrooms.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonFor mains, we were served with Cocoa roasted Scottish wild venison, quince purée, Black salsify, creamy cassis and peppercorn sauce. My main did slightly change as I do have an intolerance to dairy but how amazing does cocoa infuse venison sound? The venison was soft and dewy and fell apart in the mouth, bursting with sweet and savoury flavoursSpring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonThe paired drink for the main was the Roaming Rosemary, with Franklin and Sons natural tonic water, Chase GB very dry gin, Alfonso Oloroso and Rosemary. The cocktail had a very distinctive taste at the beginning. I did not like the taste of the cocktail solo, due to the fact the cocktail is very strong. However, drinking the cocktail, whilst eating the venison, the cocktail aided in emphasising the cocoa taste.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In London Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonFor dessert, I had the vegan lemon and ginger cheesecake mousse with candy lime trimming. I absolutely loved the candy lime trimming as it reminded me of childhood memories of me eating sour pick and mix at girls brigade.Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonThe dessert was paired with the Rambler’s martini which is a Franklin and Son…
This was my favourite drink from Franklin and Sons from the night, as the cocktail is super sweet and girly. However, the drink does lure you into a feeling of false security as it is so sweet that you forget that there is alcohol in the drink! Paired beautifully with the dessert, as the dessert is more on the sour side so aids in leaving the mouth with a sweet taste. I will definitely be recreating this cocktail at home, or at least trying to!Spring Dinner with Franklin and Sons A review by Tonique Campbell Bouji In LondonAfter dinner was served, I decided to play around with my cocktail making skills, although it’s been nearly eight years since I was behind a bar, but you only live once! I took Chase GB Very dry gin (double shot) slice of orange, a slice of lemon and slice of lime and mixed it with Franklin and Sons Strawberry and Raspberry mixer and voila there you have a Bouji sweet cocktail. I loved experimenting with Franklin and Sons as there are so many cocktail variations to make! I’m excited to see what else is new for them this summer!

 

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