It seems nothing is beyond reality when it comes to concession offerings at the ballpark these days. Whether itâ€™s a $25 corn dog from the Arizona Diamondbacks or the $40 hot dog that was available as part of the season opener in Australia, size (and wildness) abounds in baseball.
Now comes word that one minor league ballpark is considering a hot dog flavored cocktail.
Based on this mixologist recipe, loosely based off a Tom Collins, the Frank Collins would be a wild addition (and quite the conversation piece) in your luxury suite or ordered up at the concourse bar.
But, hereâ€™s whatâ€™s really cool. While the recipe at the ballpark is not being released, you can make the version posted at the link. Got your shopping list ready? Here you go:
1.5 oz gin (or any spirit you have)
1.5 oz frank consommĂ©
3 dashesÂ Worcestershire sauce
2 oz beer to top
hot dog spear (for garnish)
Add all but the beer to a shaker with ice, shake to chill and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with beer and garnish with a hot dog spear that has been cooked or not. It doesn't matter.
Note: To make the frank consommĂ©, cook several hot dogs in boiling water. Reserve the water.
The mixologist notes:
The Frank Collins has several interesting variations worth exploring. For example, if you enjoy chili dogs, don't be afraid to add a few dashes of Tabasco. Soy sauce can work in lieu of Worcestershire, and why not toss some ketchup and mustard into your shaker? The condiments are totally up to you, so even a muddled pickle or some relish works, provided you double-strain. It's hard to go wrong here. In fact, this drink is just as good with the hot dog, pickle, and even a bun all ground up in a blender. Heck, if you are making a frozen version, you might as well toss in some cheese, onions and some baked beans. You may need a bigger straw to accommodate the chunks, but it's worth it. Cheers to you on this happy day! Enjoy one during a game or as a substitute for dinner and you'll definitely want to follow it withÂ the fantastic Pepto Bismopolitan!
While many opt for a beer at the ballgame, this is one way to avoid the snobby approach that a martini or a drink with an umbrella might display, while at the same time, adding an air of refinement that a lager just doesnâ€™t give at the game. Strange? Nothing seems sacred at the ballpark any longer
The "Frank Collins" is reportedly coming to a minor league ballpark
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