Confessions of a Mixologist: Minneapolis Hustler

The taste of bourbon is a bit too austere for some. Fret not; there are some wonderful cocktails that can soften it up a bit. One such example is the Minneapolis Hustler. I came across this gem on one of my favorite mixology websites, Cocktail DB. This cocktail has much in common with a classic cocktail from years past known as the Oriental Cocktail. It’s an interesting mix of citrus, sweet and sour with a touch of subtle herbaceousness to boot.

 

Minneapolis Hustler

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Barrel Report – All Ten Four Roses Recipes

You know the story about Four Roses’s ten unique bourbon recipes, right? They use a combination of two mashbills and five distinct yeast strains, resulting in ten unique bourbons that act as building blocks in blending their different bottlings. We couldn’t resist finding the best of each, and for several years now, we’ve maintained our own Handpicked versions of all ten recipes. With the recent arrival of several new bottlings to fill out the lineup, we sat down to taste all the expressions at once.

 

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Bourbon 101

September is Bourbon Heritage Month! We’re celebrating with, well, lots and lots of bourbon.

 

Why does bourbon get a whole month? The US Senate declared September “National Bourbon Heritage Month” back in 2007. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and longstanding legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to America and the world. Whether you enjoy this classic American spirit on the rocks, neat, or in your favorite cocktail, let us know how you’re celebrating.

 

Bourbon Barrels

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Monte Carlo

Bourbon is back in a big way. The Manhattan, for example, has once again become many peoples’ go to way to enjoy America’s spirit. (Sure you can make a Manhattan with bourbon. Why not? -ed.) So check out this splendid reworking of the Manhattan called the Monte Carlo. The key difference is the substitution of Benedictine in place of vermouth. Benedictine is an aromatic liqueur that has been produced in France since the 18th century. If fact, B&B (Benedictine and Brandy) was one of the first packaged premixed cocktails. Benedictine is a versatile mixer and makes a great addition to any liquor cabinet. Also, if you simply mix Benedictine with bourbon, you just created a Kentucky Colonel. This distinguished elixir is perfect for sipping on your front porch as the last days of summer wind to a close.

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Eastern Sour

Give this unconventional bourbon cocktail a try. The key ingredient in this drink is Orgeat syrup, a sweet and nutty syrup familiar to Tiki devotees like myself, but a mystery to many. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle tout suite. This delicious almond syrup is the magical ingredient in dozens of tropical drinks, most famously the Mai Tai. While most tropical drinks use rum as the base spirit, the Eastern Sour substitutes Bourbon and the results are delicious. The Eastern Sour was created by Tiki drink legend, Trader Vic Bergeron. Below is my version which is refreshingly sour. If you want to sweeten it up a bit, just add simple syrup.

 

Eastern Sour

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Ardbeg Peat Hopper Event and Tasting

What exactly is an Ardbeg Peat Hopper? It’s a cross between a tractor and a chopper created by none other than the guys at Orange County Choppers for Scotch Whisky distillery, Ardbeg. Cool, huh? What’s even cooler is that you can come see it for yourself at a few of our Binny’s locations and sample from Ardbeg’s exciting lineup of some of the peatiest whiskies in Scotland. Wait till you hear this baby roaaaaaaaar.

 

Ardbeg Peat Hopper

 

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Whiskey Hotline: Passing Shots

Reminder: The two Binny’s Handpicked Cedar Ridge bottlings are still the only cask strength bourbon Cedar Ridge has bottled to date. It’s delicious, special, exclusive and limited.

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tap-rye-8-7-2014We do like exotic wood finishing, and we certainly like exotic wood finishing more than flavored whisky. So it’s good to see Tap 357 Port Finished, form the makers of probably the best Canadian maple whisky on our shelves.

 

Fatter, sweeter Crown Royal for the British palate. Pairs well with some Cadbury chocolate candy you’ve never heard of before.

 

Yes, there’s a John Wayne bourbon. It may soon become rare and collectible if the Blue Devils win.
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Pliny’s Elixir

Bartender Angie from the Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room got the inspiration for this potion after hearing about how much Pliny the Elder enjoyed his pears. It’s a well-balanced cocktail, with bitterness from amaro pairing perfectly with the spiced pear flavors of the St. George Liqueur. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, say hello to Angie, and try a Pliny’s Elixir for yourself! You will not be disappointed.
 

Pliny’s Elixir

Pliny's Elixir

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Confessions of a Mixologist: 4 Epic Bramble Cocktails

The dog days of summer are upon us. The solution for this sticky summer slog? The bramble cocktail. It’s a concoction that usually includes blackberry and gin, but variations feature raspberry, blueberry and more. And if gin isn’t your style, vodka makes a great substitution, too. With the many twists on this fruity sipper, it was hard to narrow down the list to just our top four. And if you’re up for something different, check out these Bramble Jelly Shots.

 

The Classic Bramble

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Passing Shots

This rare blended Scotch was once a secret available amongst a small and elite society, but now everybody can get their hands on Syndicate 58/6. While bottles last.

 

Rundlets and Kilderkins? Silly names for barrel sizes, for sure, but the whisky isn’t funny: this Hazleburn is the perfect dram: light and refreshing.

 

Very, very old Armagnac from Delord, Dartigalongue.

 

For the fourth or fifth time in six years, we’re excited to pass on news that Bruichladdich is ready to stop all the oddball bottlings and launch a core line, including the new The Classic Laddie.

 
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