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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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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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Mass produced wine, good tasting, making: economics and chemistry.

 

More chemistry: make older whiskey faster.

Not sure that’s how that works, guys.

 

Honest reactions to Laphroaig.

 

Harry Caray’s bar diary.

 

This story again: Wine Good for Teeth

My dental hygienist just doesn’t get it.

 

Buying a wine for a newborn baby.

We do actually get this question a lot.

 

Drink your damn beer.

 

Lagunitas houses migrant workers.

Central question: “What do you feed 26 hungry Germans?”

 

…thoughts?

Confessions of a Mixologist: Wild Strawberry

This is one for the books. The Wild Strawberry was handcrafted by Caitey, one of the lovely bartenders you should visit at our new Lincoln Park Tasting Room. This cocktail is essentially the adult version of a strawberry limeade. It’s a bright, sour and tart mix that will have you salivating for more. Its main spirit ingredient is cachaca. If you’re not familiar with the sugarcane spirit, we highly recommend you try it. Very similar to rum, cachaca has two varieties, unaged (white) or aged (gold).
 

International Cachaca Day falls on June 12th. If you feel like celebrating, this is the cocktail we recommend you try. Also try the caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. Recipe after the jump!

 

Wild Strawberry Cocktail

 

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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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Quick Flight, Small Pours

3D ice cubes rock.

 

Hot in the news: powdered alcohol.

 

Lagunitas in Chicago? Their first batch was bottled this month!

 

Thoughtful reflection on the job of the wine critic, by Asimov.

 

IPA, stout, and lager lollipops? Of course.
Other flavors include cocktails, wine, sriracha bacon. Blue cheese.

 

This story with Jim Koch has raised some eyebrows.
In short, he suggests you eat yeast in yogurt to not get drunk.

 

If you have Parker access, absolutely read Neal Martin’s Bordeaux 2013 report.

 

The cutest beer story in years.

 

…Thoughts?