Confessions of a Mixologist: 5 Sangria Recipes You Need To Try

Wine + Fruit = Perfection.

 

There really is nothing better than a warm summer night, a chilled cocktail and good company. Next time you’re hosting or want to whip yourself up a refreshing drink, try one of these exciting sangria recipes. Share ‘em with your friends and let us know what you think online. Click here to see more of our favorite cocktails.

 

Tropical Frozen Sangria

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Cocktail Ice Cubes

Have you ever thought about dressing up your ice cubes? They are the boringist (it’s a word) part of the cocktail and it’s time to step up your game. Try these ice cube substitutes in mixes ranging from sangria to wine spritzers to mojitos.

 

Minty Ice Cubes

Fruit Ice Cube

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Simply just slice and dice your fruit, mint or herbs and add them to water in your ice tray. Freeze over night and voila – fun and colorful ice cubes that will add an extra spark of flavor to any cocktail.
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Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Cedar Ridge

Ever heard of Swisher, Iowa? It’s home to Cedar Ridge Vineyards Winery & Distillery and most importantly, where we picked our latest batch of Handpicked bourbon barrels. Yup, plural. We just couldn’t pick one. But more about Cedar Ridge first.

 

Owners Jeff and Laurie Quint have built quite the distillery/winery. Located in eastern Iowa, it’s just a short drive from Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Jeff serves as Master Distiller and Master Winemaker. In addition to crafting award winning small batch spirits (like our Handpicked barrels), Cedar Ridge produces wines from their own estate-grown grapes. Fun fact: Cedar Ridge is the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since the age of prohibition.
 

Cedar Ridge

 
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Wild Turkey and Anderson Valley Extravaganza!

Here is your chance to talk shop and have a drink with Jimmy Russel himself. Yes, that Jimmy Russel.
 
Meet Wild Turkey Master Distiller and living legend Jimmy Russel, plus owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Trey White. Why these two? Anderson Valley has an exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey, making them the only brewery getting Wild Turkey’s gently used bourbon barrels for beer aging. And let us tell you, they make for some tasty beer.

 

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Italy

Just returning from Italy, on a trip to experience and discover and bring that energy back to you, Barb S, Binny’s Des Plaines Wine Manager, reports from the road:

 

The variety across regions is striking. Starting in the south, the region of Puglia has almost tropical heat humidity, yielding forward wines that are juicy and jammy and just a little rustic. But as we went north to Chianti in the heart of Tuscany, the heat became arid and dry. Then, on the west coast in Bolgheri, the air cooled with a nice breeze from the sea.

 

We came back with an overwhelming impression of the charming hospitality and incredible scenery. Even if you don’t care about the wine (which we do!) the sweeping landscapes, the color and beauty of the countryside are an incredible experience. We also came back suffering prosciutto withdrawl.

 

 

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7th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized

The 2014 Binny’s Homebrew Contest is in full swing. If you haven’t heard, we expanded the contest to four locations with a total of 200 entries. The first five to place at each location will go on to the final judging which will take place on July 9th at Binny’s in Lincoln Park. Thank you to everyone who took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 7th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams.

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

 

Champaign

First Place: John Brewer – Hoppy Amber Lager
Second Place: Benjamin Layman – Kolsch
Third Place: Jason Deal – Double IPA
Fourth Place & Label Winner: Ross Wilson – Milk Stout
Fifth Place: Justin Kingery – American Pale Ale

 

Schaumburg

First Place: Mark Niemczewski – Saison
Second Place: Sean Leheney – Belgian Specialty Ale
Third Place: John Durocher – Kolsch
Fourth Place: Jon Prendergast – Double IPA
Fifth Place: Rob Maurizio – Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced
Label Winner: Daniel Griffin – Saison

 

Lincoln Park

First Place: Kristian Damhott – Dunkel Weizen
Second Place: Ryan Ayer – Belgian Strong Pumpkin
Third Place: Jonathan Sharp – Double IPA
Fourth Place: Josh Glazer – Rum Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout
Fifth Place: David Theibert – Mint Porter
Label Winner: Joshua Hooker

 

Evergreen Park

First Place: Marc Peterson – American Pale Ale
Second Place: Matt Larkin – Belgian Apricot IPA
Third Place: Mike Goddard – Robust Porter
Fourth Place: Brandon Summey – Double IPA
Fifth Place: Joe Leonard – Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans
Label Winner: Timothy Kill

 

Good luck to all of the finalists!

Beers of the World to Fill Your Cup

Beers for the World Cup

 

كرة القدم الهدف! Fußballtor! Objetivo de fútbol! Fotballmål!

 

GOAL!

 

Goal! However you say it, say it at the top of your voice with a cold brew in your hand. Whether you’re taking this opportunity to try some new worldly beers, add some theme to your soccer party, or just impress other soccer fans, we have you covered. Here are a few of our favorite beers from around the world to fill your cup! Beers after the jump…

 
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Beer Buzz: Beer News

Penrose Packages Appearing PromptlyPenrose Brewing

 

It’s true. The delicious beers of this up and coming Geneva brewery will hit Binny’s shelves before the 4th of July! Their initial launch will include P2 Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale, and Proto Gradus Belgian-Inspired Single Ale, and these two are just the start. Plans include the release of all four of their year-round offerings. The Beer Buzz reached out to Penrose Brewmaster Tom Korder for his thoughts:

 

“Bottles are yet another great way for us to get it in the hands of thirsty new friends.” Introducing people to nuanced and refined craft beers that are more accessible than many of the common styles available today… are they damn proud of that?

 

“We’re damn proud of that,” Korder said.

 
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