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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The Glenlivet Single Malt: Nights of Passage

Glenlivet is touring the country to share their delicious Single Malts. The Glenlivet Masters of Scotch will lead a presentation on the Glenlivet brand, the product, the production. You’ll taste three of their flavorful Single Malts, including the 12, 15 and 18 year. It’s free, all you have to do is sign up.

 

Glenlivet Tasting at Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Strongbow Spice

It’s always fun to mix different flavors together. Take this cider cocktail featuring classic English cider Strongbow. The sweetness of pomegranate and cider pair perfectly with the spiced flavors of your favorite whiskey. This fall cocktail begs to be sipped on a crisp night around the bonfire or while under a blanket during your favorite movie marathon.

 

Strongbow Spice Cocktail

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Spooky Wines Straight Off The Vine

Looking for some spooky wines for your Halloween gathering? Binny’s has you covered!
 

Halloween Wines Binny's

 

ApothicVampire7 Deadly ZinsBoneshaker ZinfandelPrairie State Pumpkin • Illinois River Halloween Wine • Cranberry WineLeelanau Witches BrewCasillero del DiabloThe WolftrapBogle PhantomGhost Pines
Freakshow Cabernet SauvignonSinister Hand Red Blend
Velvet Devil MerlotPoizinSin Zin

Meet Christina Milian of Viva Diva Wines

Christina Milian – American actress, singer-songwriter and wine connoisseur is coming to Binny’s for an exclusive bottle signing to help promote Viva Diva Moscato! Viva Diva makes naturally infused moscato in four different flavors: peach, mango, strawberry and pina colada. The brand is owned by Christina, her mom and her manager, and has an emphasis on taste, quality and value. With three female owners, a passion for success and a vision to add creative new products, Viva Diva plans to set the brand aside from any other on the market. Be the first to sample and get a signed bottle!

 

Christina Milian Viva Diva Wines Binnys

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