41st Heritage Ball Honors Sesquicentennial with Signature Cocktail

Boneset & SpruceMade From Local Ingredients, “Boneset & Spruce” To Reflect Tennessee’s Civil War Era

Patrons attending the annual Heritage Ball next month will have the chance to sip on a cocktail similar to one generals and soldiers might have made to drink off the battlefield during the Civil War.

The 41st Annual Heritage Ball, to be held Saturday, September 20 at Franklin’s Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, will recognize the 150th Anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Franklin through details ranging from the decor and menu down to the signature libation.

Jon Yeager of PourTaste—who also crafted the GRAY’S on Main cocktail menu—created the signature drink, called the Boneset & Spruce, drawing inspiration from a recipe found in a book called The Young Housekeeper’s Friend, published in 1863 by M.H. Cornelius.

“We’re commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin this year, and we wanted that to come through in the cocktail,” said Yeager. “We opened up the vaults and actually went through some recipes those folks would’ve made back then.”

The book contains a traditional drink recipe that calls for spruce and boneset beer, which would often be accompanied by rum or brandy. Yeager’s adaptation is made with molasses, lemon, essence of spruce, boneset root bitters, brandy, rum and mint, and has an almost tea-like quality.

“Every ingredient in this cocktail honors Franklin, honors Tennessee and honors the 150,” said Yeager. “We use brandy because America was actually born off brandy, not whiskey, and the sweetening agent is molasses, which was typical of that era. Mint was also commonly used because we all know in the South mint grows like a weed, so it was something you didn’t have to buy.”

In addition to the Boneset & Spruce, patrons will also be able to choose from a selection of wines and other spirits provided by Lipman Brothers & R.S. Lipman Company.

All proceeds from the 41st Annual Heritage Ball benefit the works of the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

For more information on the Ball, go here or call Torrey Barnhill at (615) 591-8500.


Tickets Are Now On Sale For The 7th Annual Three Blind Vines Supporting The Franklin Theatre

Three Blind VinesThe Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County has announced that tickets are now on sale for their 7th annual Three Blind Vines fundraiser supporting The Franklin Theatre. Tickets may be purchased in advance on their website – threeblindvines.com – for $35. They will be $45 at the door.

The event takes place on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin. The group recently announced a “Classic Hollywood” theme, offering attendees all the glitz and glamour of a red carpet movie premiere. Admission includes live entertainment, food from your favorite local restaurants (including Presenting Sponsor GRAY’S on Main) and the wine, of course.

Back by popular demand, Evan Farmer will host the evening’s festivities, including the announcement everyone will be waiting for by night’s end – the red wine and white wine winners, both of whom will go home with a “winner’s vault” of wine.

“Next Gen” invites the community to interact with the 3BV social media team. Learn more on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nextgenhf. On Twitter, find all event-related updates by following the hashtag – #3BV

The Next Generation Heritage Foundation consists of members aged 21-40 and is part of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. The Heritage Foundation is a 46-year-old non-profit organization with a mission to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.