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).
 

National Cachaca Day falls on September 13th. 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?

Bourbon Women Night Recap and Photos

Bourbon Women Night was a fantastic evening of education, networking and of course, oodles of bourbon!
 

Jim Beam Binny's

 

Fun whiskey enthusiasts enjoyed samples from a large selection of bourbon, whiskey and craft spirits. It’s tough to name our favorites because they were all so amazing. A few highlights included a Vosges chocolate and Koval bourbon pairing, craft spirits from our friends at North Shore Distillery and incredible single malts and cask strength Signatory bottlings from the Stoller profile. We also had some sweet treats (Bourbon Manhattan cupcakes to be exact) from our pals at Cakes Under The Influence.
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Binny’s Lincoln Park: Seeing Is Believing

How do you celebrate the expansion of the area’s largest wine, spirits and beer superstore? By inviting an industry legend to host the festivities.
 

Lincoln Park

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Ribbon Cutting & Toast with
Jim Koch of Boston Brewing Company
Tuesday, April 8 from 6-8:30pm

An Open-House Event

 
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It’s a Gimme. Free Golf from Gosling’s.

Summer is coming, and that means that spirits companies are doing their best to get you out on the golf course. For free. Isn’t summer great? This year, the first to the tee is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. The offer starts today and runs through August. It’s easy, and it works like this:

 

 

Next Round Is On Us.1) Find a specially marked bottle of Gosling’s at a Binny’s near you. Watch for the uniquely coded promotional bottle necker. It looks like that graphic over on the right.

 

2) Head to goslingsgolfexperience.com and input your unique code. You’ll have to give a little more info, then print and mail in your Claim Form, along with proof of purchase and all that stuff.

 

3) You’ll then receive an email with a link where you can pick out your favorite course and get your free golf voucher. Just make sure to use it before December 31, 2014.

 

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Hennessy Brings You The Blue Bird

They’re calling it their “Never stop. Never settle.” campaign, showcasing the story of legendary motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell’s historic breaking of nine land speed records in the 1920′s and 30′s. Considering the spirit of the campaign, I have to wonder if Sir Malcolm Campbell’s iconic racecar had brakes.

 

Blue BirdSee, Campbell was the kind of thrill seeker who broke land speed record after land speed record. Campbell, as it turns out, was also famous for being one of the few land speed record holders who did not die in a firey auto crash. He had a series of cars, all called “Blue Bird,” and Hennessy is touring a 24 foot replica of one of these fast, fast cars across America.

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park
Friday, April 25th, 4-7 pm

 

Binny’s Evergreen Park
Sunday, April 27th, 1-3 pm

 

Along with the car and a timeline of Campbell’s accomplishments, Hennessy is showcasing samples of signature cocktails featuring Hennessy. Plus, this is your chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to France, including stops at the Hennessy Distillery in Cognac and the Formula 1 Academy in Nice. If you can’t make it to the event, participate by tweeting @HennessyUS with the hashtag #wildrabbitchase.

 

Now, and artist’s rendering of the tour:

 

Hennessy Blue Bird Tour

Quick Flight, Small Pours

We’re back, flying quickly and pouring smally. Catching up:

 

You read a tantalizing wine review. Eric Asimov explains why we may not have it.

 

The story of phylloxera, infographic style.

 

How to write misleading headlines: “Gadget … Turns Water Into Wine,”
… Actually turns water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine, which isn’t so great.
Still, three days is impressive.

 

Remember these Girl Scout Cookies inspired beer flavors?
Now there are Girl Scout Cookie bourbon pairings.

 

MillerCoors, conservationists.

 

Token story about how wine is good for your health.
Token story about creepy ingredients in wine.

 

A device to break your phone-checking habit at the bar.
Pure genius.

 

Woah, that was the longest Quick Flights ever. …Thoughts?