Binny’s Handpicked Angel’s Envy: St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s

Angel's EnvyOur two brand new Binny’s Handpicked Angel’s Envy bottlings just arrived this week, and you do not want to miss them.  Originally blended on St. Patrick’s Day, we were going to call them St. Patrick’s Blend #1 and #3, but Joey was upset his name didn’t appear on one so we now have St. Patrick’s Blend and St. Joseph’s Blend. On to the details:

 

Angel’s Envy is well known as a ex-Port cask finished bourbon. Both the standard bottling and other special blends are blended to perfection from three component whiskies:

 

A – is 6 year bourbon finished in port barrels for an additional 2 months
B – is 6 year bourbon finished in port barrels for an additional 4 months
C – is 6 year bourbon finished in port barrels for an additional 6 months
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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!
 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

World of Whiskies 2014

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Last night, Binny’s hosted World of Whiskies 2014, the best whiskey event of the year, and it was a bigger success than ever. You know the story: we get a bunch of the most innovative and exciting spirits producers (no, it’s not just whiskey) together under one roof to show their latest and greatest.

 

One very special feature of last night’s event was the release of Four Kings Bourbon. You’ve heard of it, right? It’s a collaborative bottling from Few, MRDC, Journeyman and Corsair. This limited edition whiskey is only available at a handful of Chicago hotspots including Fountainhead and Delilah’s, and only available for purchase at a Binny’s location near you. This stuff won’t last, so head in and grab your bottle soon.

 

The other real star of the night – if we can be so bold – is the newly expanded Binny’s Lincoln Park. Guests were blown away by our newly expanded location, including the Champagne Depot and Lincoln Park Tasting Room. We knew we had something great, but there’s just something special about witnessing honest reactions to the location. Binny’s Lincoln Park – Seeing is Believing.

 

Pictures tell a better story than words, so click through for more pics of the event, and check out even more pics on this gallery on the Binny’s Facebook Page.

 

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Bourbon Women Night Recap and Photos

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

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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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Hennessy Black Bottle Engraving

With father’s day just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to start shopping for Dad. Hennessy is stopping by a few Binny’s locations for free bottle engravings with the purchase of Hennessy Black. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the smooth Cognac. Be sure to try it with one of the recommended cocktails below.

 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Irish Milk and Honey

Let’s be honest, Bailey’s alone sometimes doesn’t cut it. So we added whiskey to this cocktail and even honey for good measure. It’s Irish cream for someone who wants more Irish than cream.
 

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” – Alex Levine

 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Dublin Donkey

Here’s an Irish twist to an everyday cocktail. A typical Dark and Stormy calls for rum, but the Dublin Donkey calls for Jameson Select Black Barrel. The addition of ginger beer allows the vanilla and spice flavors from the whiskey to shine. The combination makes for one smooth and rich cocktail that everyone will enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. Cocktail instructions after the jump.

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