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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International Women’s Day: Celebrating a Few of Our Own

We certainly don’t need a holiday to acknowledge a few of the important women in our company, but we’ll take the opportunity to do it now. These four women are the driving force behind some of the most important roles at Binny’s. We’re not sure where we’d be without them, but we’re happy they’ve found a home at Binny’s. More after the jump!

 
 

Billie // Spirits & Wine Buyer

 

“The events and promotions we were able to do in the 80′s/90′s were much different… we would give away mink coats, speed boats and even a trip to Israel.”

 

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Beer Buzz: Meet the Naperville Beer Department

With International Women’s Day just around the corner, we’re eager to share the latest from our beer department at Naperville Binny’s. The department already boasts 1600 beers lining the shelves and filling an 18 door beer cooler, and we can’t wait to see where these ladies take it next. Alison and Melanie, two impressive and eager beer enthusiasts, make up the first all-women beer department at Binny’s. Q and A after the jump!
 

“You may have to work twice as hard, but the challenge is the best part of the job. If you can prove you can handle the job, you’re pretty much set.” – Alison

 

Melanie & Alison

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Guinness Gives Back + Guinness Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t complete without a pint of Guinness… or three. This St. Patrick’s Day, Binny’s is teaming up with Guinness Gives Back. A portion of the proceeds from every case of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s purchased before St. Patrick’s Day will benefit The Leary Firefighters of Chicago. We can’t think of a better way to give back this St. Patrick’s Day! Stop by your local Binny’s, grab a case of Guinness and enjoy it while giving back to the Firefighters of Chicago. Also, try mixing it up with one of these traditional Guinness cocktails.

 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Death in the Afternoon

Don’t be frightened by the name. Esteemed American author, Ernest Hemingway invented this cocktail and named it after his 1935 novel, Death in the Afternoon. Hemingway’s original instructions on how to enjoy were as follows:
 

“Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”

 
It’s definitely a powerful drink, but you will love it. Mardi Gras goers substitute mimosas for this iconic cocktail. Recipe after the jump.

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Brandy Milk Punch

The classic New Orleans cocktail, the Brandy Milk Punch tends to get pushed behind other iconic Mardi Gras drinks. With over 300 options of brandies, you have a lot of options. You’ll see this traditional mid-day treat on almost every brunch menu in New Orleans. Warning: If you mix up one of these, exercise caution and take the rest of the day off.
 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: New Orleans Sazerac

This Mardi Gras favorite is one of America’s first cocktail gems. Many party goes have enjoyed the Sazerac since the early 1800′s. Whether you pour rye whiskey or cognac, you can’t go wrong. Dan uses one of our High West Double Ryes aged in French Oak. Trust us when we say that it makes for a freaking fantastic Sazerac. With so many variations of this classic, this is one recipe you should try. Specifics after the jump.
 

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Wine Hotline: Varietal Profile

Blind Tasting: Chardonnay & Cabernet

 

Recently, a bunch of Binny’s wine consultants got together to do a blind tasting of chardonnay and cabernet. No, we didn’t blindfold our employees. We put a bunch of wines in brown paper bags and let the chips fall where they may. Wine education comes in many forms, but one of the most humbling is to asses a wine without knowing the name, region or price. Here are six of our favorites after the jump, all chosen blind.

 

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Wine Hotline: Ask The Wine Guy

This month, our “wine guy” is actually Barbara Hermann, Binny’s fine wine buyer. Barbara has traveled all over the globe and has decades of experience under her belt. She is an eight-time winner of Geja’s blind wine tasting. So we went to her with this month’s Ask the Wine Guy question. Check out Barb’s answers after the jump.
 

“I sometimes hear wine drinkers use words like ‘jammy’ or ‘buttery.’ Are these typical wine descriptions?
Do they literally mean what they sound like?”

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