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Confessions of a Mixologist: Holly Berry

Festive cocktails are all the rage this time of year. Dress up your Champagne with some festive additions in this delightful cocktail your guests will love to sip. Party planning pro tip: Allow party goers to choose their own bittering flavor in the Holly Berry. Cherry, lemon, peach or orange are all great substitutes!
 

Holly Berry

Holly Berry recipe after the jump. Read more


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

Dates and times after the jump. Read more


Confessions of a Mixologist: Punsch Drunk

This isn’t your Grandma’s punch. It’s mixed with Kronan Swedish Punsch, a Swedish liqueur with a sugar cane base from the East and West Indies. It adds an extra kick of toffee, smoke and molasses to the rum while the Cointreau offers a tangy twist. Try this punch at your next party and your guests will beg for the recipe.
 

Punsch Drunk Cocktail

Punsch Drunk Recipe after the jump. Read more


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

Cocktail image courtesy of Liquor.com. Whiskey Sour recipe after the jump. Read more


Notes From the Humidor

Marca Binny's Extreme

 

Marca Binny’s

This has been a project that we have been working with the Garcia family of My Father Cigars for nearly a year. The all-new MB Extreme is compiled of all Grade-A Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the Garcia’s farms in Nicaragua and rolled at their facility in Esteli. We were in search of a blend that expressed classic Nicaraguan tobacco characteristics similar to the Don Pepin Blue all while keeping the price point below $6.00. This cigar displays everything we were looking for, a rich and balanced smoke that engulfs the palate with chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, and a light spice. At an everyday low price of $5.95 it’s a deal. At this special introductory offer it’s a steal!
 

MB Extreme Toro 6×52
Regular Unit Price: $5.95 Binny’s Card Member Price: $4.95

 

Click for more notes from the humidor! Read more


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.

 

Zu Keeper
Zu Keeper cocktail recipe after the jump. Read more


Quick Flight, Small Pours

Byproduct of cocktail culture: fake good cocktails?

 

Why is craft beer expensive?

 

Thrillist brings you Best Small American Distilleries.

Also Pappy Jello Shots.

 

Bourbon association announces golden age for bourbon.

Cynicism aside, that link contains some interesting numbers.

 

Sometimes we follow hyperlinks too much. Case it point:

How much do Americans drink? This article and this one

led us to this

and then this

and this

and then we got back to work.

 

Thoughts?


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

Cocktail recipe and photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan. Salted Caramel Chai Sangria recipe after the jump! Read more


Black Friday: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Release

This Black Friday, skip the TV and head straight to your local Binny’s to grab your favorite Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout variant. Once again, Goose Island is celebrating the highly anticipated release in Chicago as well as nine other cities. Last year, hundreds of customers waited at their favorite Binny’s to get the coveted barrel-aged beer. Don’t miss out on your opportunity this year. Keep up with the buzz online.

 

Goose Island BCBS Barleywine Binny's

Click for more information this year’s varieties and release info. Read more


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

Basil Gin Gimlet recipe after the jump. Read more


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