Quick Flight, Small Pours

Mass produced wine, good tasting, making: economics and chemistry.

 

More chemistry: make older whiskey faster.

Not sure that’s how that works, guys.

 

Honest reactions to Laphroaig.

 

Harry Caray’s bar diary.

 

This story again: Wine Good for Teeth

My dental hygienist just doesn’t get it.

 

Buying a wine for a newborn baby.

We do actually get this question a lot.

 

Drink your damn beer.

 

Lagunitas houses migrant workers.

Central question: “What do you feed 26 hungry Germans?”

 

…thoughts?

Confessions of a Mixologist: Wild Strawberry

This is one for the books. The Wild Strawberry was handcrafted by Caitey, one of the lovely bartenders you should visit at our new Lincoln Park Tasting Room. This cocktail is essentially the adult version of a strawberry limeade. It’s a bright, sour and tart mix that will have you salivating for more. Its main spirit ingredient is cachaca. If you’re not familiar with the sugarcane spirit, we highly recommend you try it. Very similar to rum, cachaca has two varieties, unaged (white) or aged (gold).
 

International Cachaca Day falls on June 12th. If you feel like celebrating, this is the cocktail we recommend you try. Also try the caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. Recipe after the jump!

 

Wild Strawberry Cocktail

 

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Pics from June 2014 Taste at the Track

This past weekend, a couple thousand handsome and enthusiastic wine fans joined us for some amazing weather that we’re totally taking credit for, delicious foods provided by Bar Toma, Jake Melnick’s, Fulton’s and Cafe Spiaggia. And as always, attendees enjoyed the heart-pumping thrill of live horse racing and even some newly added beer samples. Thanks to everyone who came out!
 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Lion’s Tail

Never heard of it? All you need to know is that it’s another cocktail with bourbon, and it’s fantastic. There’s not much history on this mixology masterpiece besides the fact it was probably created before prohibition, as it was first published in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book by W.J. Tarling in 1937 at a time when bourbon was scarce.

 
The cocktail includes a liqueur called Pimento Dram. It’s an herbal liqueur with a rum base, and is flavored with a spicy berry of the pimento tree. It mixes well with the bourbon in the Lion’s Tail and creates a sweet and spicy cocktail. The Angostura bitters add a level of spice. Recipe after the jump.

 

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Golf’s Best Round is on the House

Summer is being outside. Wearing short-sleeved, collared shirts that wick away moisture. Sipping superpremium imported French vodka. Veering across extremes – the frustration of slicing into a parking lot to the elation of crushing a 300 yard drive. So I’ve heard. Also driving those little carts. Summer is golf.

 

Grey Goose is again offering you the chance to score one free round of golf when you purchase a 750mL or larger bottle of any of their fine vodkas. You might have heard about it on 670 The Score. To redeem, buy a bottle of Grey Goose, pick a golf course, and then fill out the form and mail it in. You’ll get one complimentary round of golf per foursome, good for 18 holes plus a cart. Just watch for the official rebates on bottles of Grey Goose at a Binny’s near you, or click here for more info on participating courses and to download the mail-in rebate and complete terms & conditions.

 

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More info and participating courses after the jump…

 
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Bottle Signing with Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins

Here’s a great Father’s Day gift idea. A limited edition wine has been bottled commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field! And this Saturday – only at Binny’s – is your chance to get this special bottle autographed by Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. Fine Print after the jump.

 

Fergie Jenkins Bottle Signing
Binny’s Highland Park
Saturday, June 7, 11-2

Fergie Jenkins

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Pegu Club

So the story goes, this classic dates back to the early 1920′s and was served at Burma’s Pegu Club in Rangoon, Burma to men of elite status within the government and such. This gin-based gem is simple to make but is full of complex and robust flavors. Our bartenders picked Martin Miller’s Gin as the base for its botanical complexity and mixably higher proof. If you’ve never tried it on its own, be sure to ask for a small pour on the side. Recipe after the jump.

 

Pegu Club Cocktail

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