Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Frankie and Benny's Cocktails Review

Frankie and Benny’s have launched  its new cocktail menu designed by Andy Pearson, award winning mixologist and formerly of Something for the Weekend.  They very kindly asked me to check it out and Chris and I went along over the weekend to try a few.

We picked a great weekend as the whole restaurant was dimmed and decorated for Halloween, Chris the big man actually had a seat so as he would not have to look at Horace the spider hanging from the ceiling. Our Waitress was a zombie, not in her service but in her outfit.

With my prior knowledge of Frankie and Benny's being that of a great place to eat and themed around a 1950's American/Italian diner, I was expecting there to be a few classic cocktails, as we perused the cocktail menu, we did spot classic stateside tipples such as the Long Island Iced Tea and the Cosmopolitan. 

But I chose to go for  the French Martini, having reviewed Chambord previously I knew I loved the taste, it arrrived with a lovely pinkish froth on top due to the measure of Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur one sip and I did actually say "Ooh la la!" Its incredibly good, the pineapple and raspberry complemented the vodka. 

Chris opted for the PS I Love you, a blend of Bailey's,  Disaronno Amaretto and cream. He loves a drop of Baileys and the nutty taste and cream got his thumbs up.

The meals are not the highlight of this feature, but I just have to give them a mention.  The food is always hot, fresh and what you imagine it to be.

After the meals we decided to go for a dessert type pair of cocktails. 

I really fancied the Bramble, Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh lemon, sugar and yes I opted for the Chambord again. This drink was really zingy, a great enlivening tipple after my meal.

Chris usually has a coffee after his meal so chose the Espresso Martini, fresh espresso teamed with vodka and a coffee liqueur, he adored it and came alive he said it was a real kick, perfect after a heavy meal.

It was a fabulous evening and the cocktail waitress Svetlana showed us her moves, not bad as it was her first week at the job. 

In order to celebrate the launch, Frankie and Benny's have put together a fun ‘What does your cocktail say about you?’ Not sure what my French and Bramble choices say, maybe  I'm a prickly individual with a gallic temper???

The cocktails are priced between £4.95 and £5.95, with pitchers available costing £8.95 for two people and £13.95 for four people. For the drivers there are non alcoholic cocktails starting at £2.95

I was given a voucher for four cocktails and a two course meal for a guest and I. Views are entirely my own.

We all know how stressful being a mum can be, taking care of the whole family often leaves very little ‘me time’.   Between cooking family meals, getting kids ready for school and running the house, plus often working a full time job, it’s easy to see how many mums end up frazzled!  With that in mind, Frankie & Benny’s has launched its new cocktail menu to encourage mums to take time out and sip on a delicious cocktail.  So what does your cocktail of choice say about you?


Ladies who can’t resist a bit of spice will love this cool Cuban cocktail.  Made with fresh lime, mint and sugar, plus a generous splash of Bacardi rum, a mojito drinker is sure to be the first on the dance floor, ready to spice up any night.


This fun and flirty drink is perfect for ladies who just want to have fun.  Packed with Eristoff vodka, pressed apple juice and gingerbread syrup, this delightful drink is sure to get the party started. 


A sexy and sassy Cosmopolitan is a great choice for those who like to keep it classic.  This zingy and zesty drink comprises vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice creating a cool and crisp taste.  Cosmo ladies love a bit of city glamour and always paint the town pink.

Classic Sour

For ladies who like to be adventurous, this quirky cocktail is available with Jack Daniels, Amaretto or Midori and finished with fresh lemon juice, egg whites for added smooth and is topped off with sugar.  It’s the ideal choice for someone who likes to stand out from the crowd.

Espresso Martini

This rich and sumptuous drink is ideal for ladies looking for a classic cocktail with a twist.  Fresh espresso teamed with vodka and a coffee liqueur offers an instant caffeine hit, a brilliant blend for any modern mum who is in need of a pick-me-up!

 Gentle Breeze

A delicious non-alcoholic cocktail for those who like to behave rather than rave!  This drink combines a delicious blend of apple juice, cranberry and citrus juices and is served over ice, offering the designated driver something delightful to sip on.

For ladies with a mysterious edge, this deliciously dark cocktail is a tasty mix of Bombay Sapphire gin and black raspberry liqueur.  An added kick of fresh lemon means this drink really packs a punch.


  1. I like the sound of Bramble, Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh lemon, sugar. I like gin and tonic (low cal if you use light tonic).

  2. I'm well jealous after seeing those pics! Drinks and food looks great x

  3. Love the sound of the Mojito, so I guess that means I'm a Lady who can’t resist a bit of spice! ;)

  4. It all looks fab! Love Frankie and Bennys

  5. I actually had the Cosmopolitan in Frankie and Bennys just the other day! Thought it was very tasty! (and felt a little bit like I was in Sex and the City as I sipped it...)!