French Toast Martini
If I remember my Sunday School lessons right, (and there’s no guarantee of that) on the seventh day god rested, but just before he did that he created the all-day breakfast. If you’re in Toronto and its 3:30am and you’re just heading home from an evening’s debauchery – or, you’re a local wannabe rockstar or amateur intoxicologist waking up at 4pm in the afternoon – the first place you’re taking your ravenous appetite to is Fran’s Restaurant.

Fran’s started out nearly 70 years ago in Buffalo, NY by Francis Deck and his older brother Greg. (yes Virginia, Fran is a dude). Greg was running a chain of nearly 50 Deco Restaurants just in the Buffalo area alone. Fran and his wife Ellen started to open Deco Restaurants outside of Buffalo, including one at Toronto’s Yonge & St. Clair in 1940 that became the original Fran’s. The restaurant has since become an institution in Toronto, and the term ‘meet you at Fran’s’ is a commonly mumbled phrase among the late night party crowd.

My favorite meal at Fran’s has to be the French Toast (here’s Fran’s menu). Made with thick slices of bread and dusted with cinnamon and/or icing sugar – and of course ordered with a side of peameal bacon. During the holidays this year it seems that the Madtini crew is waking up a bit later everyday, so we decided to see if we could come up with something that tasted close to French Toast, but in its liquorious form. We did find a drink online at 1001 Cocktails and it turned out to come pretty close. The addition of cinnamon and icing sugar topped the drink off nicely. Now if we can just figure out how to add bacon.

Cheers and Happy Holidays from Madtini.


  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1 1/2 oz Goldschläger
  • 1 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of Icing Sugar

Add the Baileys, Goldschläger and Butterscotch Schnapps in a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake several times to combine the liquids, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a pinch of cinnamon and icing sugar. I hope you made two or you’re unlikely to be very popular with your house guests.

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