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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Hop Harvesting with Two Brothers Brewing Company: Heavier Handed

Ever hear of Pontiac, Illinois? It’s home to Route 66 Hall of Fame, surrounded by spacious corn fields and full of the kindest people. It’s as American as any town can get. It also happens to be home to hop farmers, Steve and Karen Scott of Vermillion Valley Farm. It’s a centennial farm, meaning it’s been in their family for over 100 years. They live and work on a 9 acre farm where they also grow organic produce that you can find at the local farmers’ market every weekend. The Scott family are responsible for the cascade hops that are used to brew Two Brothers annual fall release, Heavier Handed. This is the second year that Two Brothers will use Vermillion Valley hops.
 

Hop vines

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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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Quick Flight, Small Pours

“Crowd-funding is a great hustle.”

 

No age statement whiskies: more popular than ever.

We are interested in what you think.

 

guysdrinkingbeer.com’s Karl Klockars:  what about this beer label seems acceptable?

 

Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: good wine retailers push wine value.

 

Is too many craft beers a problem?

Thoughtful article starts with alarmist headline, finishes on hopeful note.

 

An interesting read about all the new craft rye, whiskey brands today.

The thing is, MGP juice (can we just call them LDI?) is actually really good.

 

We recently mentioned countering counterfeit wine.

Maybe the most famous wine counterfeiting saga came to this end.

 

Finally,

15 Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle

 

…Thoughts?

Golf Legend Fuzzy Zoeller Bottle Signing Tour

Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller isn’t willing to rest, so he set out to make a vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.

 

Highland Park – Tuesday, August 5th, 5-7PM
Naperville – Wednesday, August 6th, 1-3PM
Willowbrook – Wednesday, August 6th, 5-7PM

 

Fuzzy's Vodka

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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Shark Week at The Lincoln Park Tasting Room

Shark Week. For almost 30 years now it has been a summer institution.

 

We recently installed a TV in our Lincoln Park Tasting Room. What better way to show it off than a week of sharks? All through Shark Week we’ll feature pints of Lost Coast’s Great White at the special price of $3. At 7 pm each night, we’ll tune into to The Discovery Channel *

 

See the lineup of shows here.

 

* except Sunday, as we close at 6 pm.

 

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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

Bramble

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