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Confessions of a Mixologist: Sangria

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Nothing says summer like a big pitcher of sangria. The best part of mixing up sangria is that you can make it completely your own. Kiwi? Sure! Honey? Go for it! Brandy? The more the merrier. We like to mix ours with a splash of pineapple juice and Cognac. As for the wine, we like to use grenache because it adds a nice light, fruitiness to the mix. Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

Sangria

 
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Pics from June 2015 Taste at the Track

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The start of summer means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines, including special high-end, allocated selections. Some favorites included Faust, Miraval Rose, and Pingus PSI. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers and food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and River Roast. You can view all of the pictures from this event on this Facebook album. Check it out, and tag your friends!

 

Taste at the track 2015

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8th annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams

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The homebrewers below have moved on to the second round. The winner will be announced at 7pm on Thursday, August 27th at our Lincoln Park Tasting Room:
 
Keith Bosker
Michael Casmer
John Comastro
Jason Deal
Matt Emilino
Larry Gualano
Nick Gualano
Dave Hellwege
Ken Kaczmarek
Ian Kalmes & Tom Monahan
Jeff and Jackie Kopala
Daniel Morgan
Michael Pastore
Brandon Simak
Gregg Stark
Jon Weaver
Jim Williams

 

The Binny’s Homebrew Contest is back! This year, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. That’s right, Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch will pick our winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Details below.

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Margarita Classics

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Take Your Margarita to the Top Shelf. There’s a reason that when you think Mexican food, the first cocktail that comes to mind is the margarita. The citrus and sweet character is a timeless match with spicy, salty, saucy Mexican cuisine. If you’re looking to impress, these two tips will help you make the perfect, crowd-pleasing margarita:

 
Better Ingredients Make a Better Margarita. Start with tequila you actually like, and build from there. Milagro Reposado is delicious, a great value, and works as a solid foundation for a margarita that overdelivers. Also, try an orange liqueur with a brandy base, such as Grand Marnier, to give your drink a layer of complexity beyond the sweet orange of less expensive triple sec.

 

Use Fresh Lime Juice. Sure, margarita mix is an easy solution – just add tequila, right? But all that sugar tends to overpower most other flavors – from the tequila in your drink to the flavor of the food, too. Not to mention the extra calories! Fresh fruit juice and a good orange liqueur offer just enough sweetness for a fresh and balanced cocktail.
 

Taco Night Margarita

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