Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bottle Etching

The holidays are approaching which means it time for free Blue Label bottle etchings from Johnnie Walker. It’s turned out to be an annual tradition here at Binny’s Beverage Depot and is a fantastic gift idea for the Scotch lover in your life. While you wait* for the etching professionals to do their thing, sample Johnnie Walker Platinum! Binny’s locations, dates and times after the jump…
 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Binny's Etching

 

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Kahlua Gift Wrapping Event

Stressed about holiday shopping? De-stress with Kahlua at this two day event. Bring your unwrapped presents (limit 2 per customer) to Binny’s Oak Brook, and have them wrapped while you indulge in brownies, coffee, candy and Kahlua holiday cocktails. Mrs. Claus is bringing Kahlua’s elves to wrap your presents in a Kahlua airstream. You’ll also have a chance to win swag, prizes and more!

 

Kahlua Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Whiskey Sour

They don’t get much more classic than the whiskey sour. It has been around for more than a century, a sort of comfort cocktail that’s as easy to drink as it is to make. Start with whiskey – it doesn’t have to be great whiskey but it can’t hurt – and add the cut of citrus and the sweetness of sugar. It’ll bring you back to life after a weekend with the family or an afternoon running errands. With so many different whiskies to choose from, how will you decide?
 

Whiskey Sour Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Zu Keeper

If you’re new to trying Bison Grass Vodka, the Zu Keeper is a great introductory avenue. Have you tried zubrowka? In English, call it bison grass vodka, a rye vodka flavored with bison grass that gives the vodka its yellow tint. Bison carries subtle flavors including fresh herbs, vanilla, coconut and almond. Legend has it bison grass vodka has aphrodisiac properties. We can’t say one way or the other, but it is great with oysters. In the Zu Keeper, the vodka’s warm flavor mixes with the tart raspberry and lemon for a refreshing and complex cocktail.

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Salted Caramel Chai Sangria

Have you ever tasted fall? You will after trying this Salted Caramel Chai Sangria. It’s a subtle mix of sweet and salty, and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s splendidly simple to make in large batches. Try it at your next Friendsgiving or Black Wednesday pregame.

Caramel apple chai sangria

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Basil Gin Gimlet

You’ve never had a gimlet? What are you waiting for? It’s a classic combination of gin, lime and soda. Easy peasy. This refreshingly crisp cocktail delights with Sunday brunch, dinner salad or hummus and cheese. Our addition of basil gives the classic a savory twist. You’ll feel good drinking it, considering the herb’s great heath benefits. Make sure to muddle the basil into granulated sugar – the sugar’s sharp crystals tear open the basil to release its flavor.

 

Basil Gin Gimlet

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Apricot Pisco Sour

Here’s a fun and fruity twist on the classic Pisco Sour. The traditionally fresh foundation of pisco and citrus is amped by apricot liqueur, adding an additional layer of fruit flavor. Egg white is essential to the experience; if you’re intimidated, watch this quick tutorial. It’s easier than you think. Try it at home, or stop by one of our Tasting Rooms to taste an expert example.

 

Apricot Pisco Sour

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Manhattan

What’s not to love about this classic cocktail? We like ours with a heavy pour of High West Rye, but encourage you to mix it up with different types of whiskies. With our massive selection (more than 650, in fact) we’re sure to have one you love. This is important: make your Manhattan with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. They are the best cherries in the universe.

Manhattan Binny's

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Demo: Holiday Cooking with Don Q Rum

John Meisler, Executive Chef and Global Brand Ambassador for Serralles USA is making his way around to a few Binny’s locations to share his classic New Orleans style cooking. Chef Meisler is known for his iconic recipes that he whips up with Don Q Rum. He’ll demonstrate a few holiday favorites like Creole Candied Yams made with Don Q COCO Rum, Praline Crusted Ham with Don Q Gold and even his Carribbean Q Berry Cranberry Sauce made with Don Q Limon.

 

Don Q Cooking Demos John Meisler

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Illinois Craft Distillers Expo

You thought craft beer was hot – get in on craft distilling on the ground floor. Here is your chance to taste great local products from (virtually) every craft distillery in the state of Illinois. Not only that, but we’ll have the people who make these great spirits here talking shop with you. That means owners and distillers from local favorites including North Shore and Few to statewide upstarts Blam Bros. and J.K. Williams, and many more.


Illinois Craft Distillers Expo
Binny’s Lincoln Park

Thursday, November 6th
5:00-8:00pm
Event cost: $15.00 ($10.00 with Binny’s card)

RSVP by calling 312 664-4394

 

North Shore Distillery Binny's

 

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