Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Sips for the Season

Dec 07, 2022 at 09:38 am by RMGadmin

With Coaltown Public House
We love to gather with friends and family during the holidays, but we also love when we can leave the hosting to the professionals! Coal Town Public House appeared on the Williamson County restaurant scene last year and we have quickly become one of the top dining destinations for celebrities, foodies and locals alike. 
So, without further ado, here are some of our holiday season cocktails along with an interview with our General Manager and Cocktail Curator, Ryan Donahue. Enjoy!

Winter Revival

We love sangria this time of year because it is such a fun and delicious way to incorporate seasonal ingredients.
Key ingredients
red wine, sparkling wine, honey, cherry and lemon

Espresso Martini

The perfect way to kick off your night – or catch a second wind!
Key ingredients
espresso liqueur, rum and cream

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma 

A fruity festive take on a classic! Two parts of high-proof tequila make this a sip with a kick!
Key ingredients
blanco tequila, pomegranate juice,
lime juice and ginger beer

Barrel-Aged Negroni

A sophisticated classic with a modern twist. The gin lends a juniper note that marks the season with a woodsy undertone.
Key ingredients
barrel-aged gin, campari
and sweet vermouth



How did you get started in the hospitality industry, and what influenced you to make it a career? 
Hospitality and the restaurant life were a big part of my upbringing. My mother always worked in restaurants and to me, there was nothing better than spending time with her at work and watching the action. The sounds of a bustling bar and busy kitchen were music to my ears, and the regulars were my extended family. She gave me my first job at age thirteen in her pizza place - washing dishes for $20 a night! I think she was trying to steer me away from the business but it had the opposite effect on me. Here I am, nineteen years later, still finding romance in it. Working at Coal Town Public House is so special and reminiscent of when I was young because of my connections with the guests and staff. Being a part of a particular moment whether it’s a date night or an anniversary with our guests – that’s where the meaning is. 
What brought you to Franklin? 
After living in Las Vegas for quite a few years, I was looking for a change of scenery and somewhere that brought me closer to my family up North. Franklin sounded like a great spot, so I took a chance! Six years later and I’ve got a great career, a beautiful wife and we have a family of our own! 
Your seasonal drink menus are always so colorful and exciting! Tell us about how you get inspired to put the menu together.
Truthfully, I get a lot of inspiration from my staff.  Blending their fresh ideas with classic techniques and a few of my old favorites tends to be the recipe for success.
What is your favorite part about working at Coal Town Public House during the holidays? 
The people! We love to go all-out this time of year and try to spread holiday cheer to as many guests as possible! Helping our guests celebrate such a special time of year with friends and family is a great feeling. Planning cocktail parties or helping with details for a private dinner is one of my favorite parts of what I do!

Located in the Westhaven Town Center
187 Front Street  |  Franklin, TN 37064