Confessions of a Mixologist: Pegu Club

So the story goes, this classic dates back to the early 1920′s and was served at Burma’s Pegu Club in Rangoon, Burma to men of elite status within the government and such. This gin-based gem is simple to make but is full of complex and robust flavors. Our bartenders picked Martin Miller’s Gin as the base for its botanical complexity and mixably higher proof. If you’ve never tried it on its own, be sure to ask for a small pour on the side. Recipe after the jump.

 

Pegu Club Cocktail

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Mint Julep

The combinations for this three ingredient cocktail are limitless. Although we prefer ours with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, with our selection of over 300 bourbons, you could have a different variation of the Mint Julep every day of the year.

 
This minty concoction was thrown together in the early 19th century. It was originally consumed as a spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it. Rum was the main ingredient, but after being popularized by Kentucky, it quickly switched to bourbon.
 
And remember, May 30th is National Mint Julep Day. Celebrate the weekend with your own version of the cocktail, one at our Tasting Room or a premixed Mint Julep from Early Times.

 

Bourbon at Binny's

 
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Negroni

If you’re not familiar with this classic cocktail, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
 
According to imbibe and Campari, the official Negroni Week is June 2nd to the 8th, but we won’t tell anyone if you decide to drink a few of these any other day of the year. Recipe after the jump!
 

Negroni

 
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Patio Season

The Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room is officially open now. Not only does the new space boast an epic, sixteen beer tap list and a cruvinet wine systeam featuring sixteen wines by the glass. The space also features expert mixologists who are excited to share designer cocktails, including their very own signature creations. Head to our new Lincoln Park Tasting Room and try these for yourself, or check out our not-so-secret recipes and make them at home.

 

To keep up with our upcoming events and tastings at this location, scroll through our many Binny’s Lincoln Park events.

 

Lincoln Park Tasting Room

 
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Lincoln Park Tasting Room: Breakfast at Binny’s

Celebrate dad at this Father’s Day brunch extravaganza! This weekend event features cooking demos by Executive Chef John Meisler and John Kinder. Additionally, mixologists Eric Hay and Debbi Peek will showcase their favorite brunch cocktails. You and dad can test your skills at the Bloody Mary Bar while you learn about cooking with rum, brunch cocktails and other tips to create the ultimate brunch.

 

Breakfast at Binny's with Don Q Rum

 

Breakfast at Binny’s
Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Saturday, June 14th 10:00am-2:00pm

 
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Evergreen Park Events: Bottle Signing with Rich Dollaz

Ciroc Vodka ambassador, Rich Dollaz is stopping by Binny’s in Evergreen Park for a bottle signing to celebrate 79 Gold, a spirit with balanced hints of nuts, vanilla and loads of caramel. This is Rich Dollaz first foray into the world of spirits. It makes for an excellent cocktail spirit. (See examples below) Mr. Dollaz is known for his role on VH1′s Love and Hip Hop.

 

 

Rich Dollaz 79 Gold

 
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Beer Buzz: Only Child Red Rover

Sometimes we get to do some fun stuff… Like brew with our favorite breweries. This time around, Downers Grove beer consultant, Vince Bingen spent a day with Only Child Brewing of Northbrook.
 

Only Child Red Rover

 
What’s the story behind Red Rover?
Red Rover is an Imperial Red Ale that was meant to be a homebrew that my friend Joe and I came up with. Joe and I loved this beer a lot but could not brew it, because our homebrew set up requires us to be outside and my little apartment balcony just wasn’t working. I told Ben from Only Child about our dilemma and he said COME ON OVER!
 
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The Glenlivet Single Malt: Nights of Passage

Glenlivet is touring the country to share their delicious Single Malt Scotch varieties. During these presentations, you’ll learn about the Glenlivet brand, the product, the production and taste three of their flavorful Single Malt varieties, including the 12, 15 and 18 year.

 
The Glenlivet distillery is near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland and produces single malt Scotch whisky. It was founded in 1824 and has operated continuously, minus a brief closure during World War II. Glenlivet is one of the biggest selling single malt whiskies in the United States.
 

Glenlivet at Binny's

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park
Wednesday, May 28th, 6:30-8:00pm

 

Binny’s Highland Park
Thursday, May 29th, 7:00-8:30pm

 

Spots are limited, so call soon to reserve your seat.