Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Manhattan Love Story

This story is everybody’s favorite. When Jefferson’s Rye Whiskey meets cherry bitters, this original Manhattan becomes extraordinary. Jefferson’s is full of spice, and the cherry bitters gives it an extra bit of sweetness. Mix one this Valentine’s Day for that special someone, even if that special someone is you. Recipe after the jump.
 

Valentine's Day Manhattan Cocktail

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Berry Beer Cooler Cocktail

Opposites attract, right? Dan Culen, Binny’s mixologist, made that happen when he mixed beer and vodka in this unique cocktail. Be ready to share, because this cocktail recipe is best enjoyed with many. Careful though, it will sneak up on you like a bad blind date on Valentine’s Day. Recipe after the jump.
 

Raspberry Beer Cocktail

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Meet Chicago Hockey Legend: Jeremy Roenick

Jeremy Roenick, a Chicago hockey legend is coming to Binny’s in Evergreen Park. He’ll have an epic two hour signing courtesy of Coors Light. Roenick played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1988-1996) during his 18 NHL season career, along with five other major NHL teams. More info after the jump.

 

Meet Jeremy Roenick
Binny’s in Evergreen Park
Thursday, February 27th from 6-8:00pm

 
Jeremy will sign your memorabilia and pose for photos*. He’ll be accompanied by the Coors Light Girls. We’ll have one of our photographers snapping pictures at no additional cost. You’ll be able to find the photos here on February 28th.

 

Also, Coors Light is giving away one Stadium Series jersey at each Binny’s location. Stop by your local Binny’s for more information on how to enter to win.

 
*We reserve the right to limit the number of items signed.

Saturday, February 1st is International Pisco Sour Day

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?

 

Pisco Sour

Ingredients

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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

 

Simple Steps:
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.

Cider Week Events: Zeffer Cidery Tasting

zeffer_blogIf 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.

Taste J.K. Williams Whiskey at Binny’s in Bloomington

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.

JK Barrel Whiskey

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Cider Summit Chicago Sponsored by Binny’s

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.

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Ole Smoky Tasting at Binny’s in Bloomingdale

OleSmoky-Original-R24White 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.

Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Peppermint Grasshopper

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.
Grasshopper Cocktail by Binny's
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