Let’s get ready for International Pisco Sour Day! We can’t promise Peru’s amazing weather, but we can bring you the nation’s iconic Pisco Sour cocktail recipe.
Created in the early 1900′s by bartender Victor Vaughen Morris, it has undergone many changes over the years, but it has always meant to be a cocktail full of sweet and sour components. Peru continues to celebrate their national cocktail every year on the first Saturday of February. It has become such a big deal that Peru mandates that the Pisco Sour replaces wine and champagne for official toasts at the presidential palace and celebrations at ministries and embassies. Crazy, huh?
1 ½ oz Pisco Portón
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz egg white
1 dash Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain contents into a chilled glass. Add a dash of bitters.
Share your Pisco Sour recipe with us online via Twitter. Stop by your local Binny’s this weekend to join in on the celebration.
Here’s your opportunity to hear from one of the most highly regarded whisky experts in the industry. Known in the malt whisky industry as the pioneer of wood management, Dr. Bill Lumsden has produced some the most iconic whiskies in the single malt market. Details after the jump.
If you haven’t jumped on the cider
bandwagon phenomenon yet, maybe this will change your mind. Josh Townsend, from arguably one of New Zealand’s best cider producers, Zeffer, is coming to Binny’s. He’ll share Zeffer’s fine ciders, including Apple, Pear, and Slack Ma Girdle.
Not only is their fruit sourced directly from New Zealand growers and freshly crushed on site at the cidery, but the entire small operation is run by a cute husband and wife team, Sam Whitemore and Hannah Bower. They produce their ciders in small batches with the intent to interfere as little as possible, allowing natural flavors and aromas to develop for a unique cider.
Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room
Thursday, February 6th from 6-8pm
No RSVP is required.
Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Josh and his team will pour their delicious fruit fizz at Chicago’s Cider Summit (sponsored by yours truly) on Saturday, February 8th. Click here for tickets.
After being run out by law enforcement during prohibition, J.K. Williams has made their way back to Central Illinois. They are using the recipe their great, great, great grandfather passed down to make classic American whiskey. We’re welcoming them back with a J.K. Williams whiskey tasting. Find more information about the tasting after the jump.
Join us at the second annual Chicago Cider Summit, the largest ever tasting of artisanal ciders from around the world. It’s at the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier. You’ll get to meet cidermakers, sample from a selection of 90+ ciders and taste awesome food. We’ll be there to chat… so be sure to stop by the table with the big Binny’s banner. Who knows, maybe we’ll have surprises. More info after the jump.
White Dog. ‘Shine. White lightning. Moonshine. Whatever you call it, you’re going to love Ole Smoky’s Tennessee Moonshine.
Here’s your chance to meet Master Distiller of Ole Smoky, Justin King, and taste some of the best ‘shine out there. He knows his stuff. Justin has studied and learned distilling methods that were passed down from his great grandparents. Notably, Justin helped produce their award-winning Apple Pie Moonshine that was recently named Best of Class Moonshine by the American Distilling Institute.
Meet Ole Smoky Master Distiller
Binny’s in Bloomingdale
Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-8pm
Can’t make it? Stop in to any of our 30 locations and pick up a mason jar of Ole Smoky for yourself. Recipes, cocktails and more here.
If you’re ready to mix and mingle and jingle… your cocktail… get ready for the Grasshopper cocktail! It’s making a comeback, kids. The Grasshopper your grandparents used to drink.
Why isn’t ours green? Dan wanted to try something different with this vintage cocktail, so he used peppermint schnapps instead of Creme de Menthe. It doesn’t have that green glow, but it still tastes just as fresh and minty.
Christmas and rum… who would’ve thought? John Meisler, Executive Chef and Global Brand Ambassador for Serralles USA is making his rounds to a few Binny’s locations to share his classic New Orleans style cooking. You will learn his secrets on how to prepare the perfect Christmas dinner. All of the dishes will be made with Don Q Puerto Rican Rum. We can smell the praline crusted ham already…
Locations and times after the jump…
What do you do with your recycled corks, wine bottles and beer caps? Here at Binny’s, we craft holiday decorations with ours! Check out our top three holiday crafts after the jump, plus more through our Tinsel and Glitter Galore Pinterest Board.
Tis the season for awesome Rum Chata gift sets. This year it includes a thermal cup for your hot cocoa + Rum Chata enjoyment.
If you’re not enjoying Rum Chata with a warm beverage, you’re probably throwing it back as a shot with something like Fireball Whiskey or Loopy Vodka. But why not use it in cocktail and enjoy it a little while longer?
Dan Culen, our mixology enthusiast in Willowbrook combined Rum Chata with Smirnoff Kissed Caramel for an epic Rum Chata cocktail. You will not be disappointed. Dan recommends adding a splash of club soda to soften the drink and give it a few bubbles without changing the flavor profile. It’s an easy holiday cocktail for when Aunt Gladys asks for yet another refill.