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?
Cocktail image courtesy of Liquor.com. Whiskey Sour recipe after the jump. Read more
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
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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 cocktail recipe after the jump. Read more
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 then we got back to work.
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.
Cocktail recipe and photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan. Salted Caramel Chai Sangria recipe after the jump! Read more
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.
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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 recipe after the jump. Read more
Spice up your White Hot Chocolate with Pennington’s Strawberry Rye for an unbelievable tasty drink. Not a fan of white chocolate? Sub with for milk or dark chocolate chips for an equally yummy cocktail!
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Pennington’s Whiskey)
White Hot Chocolate recipe after the jump. Read more
What do you do with your recycled corks, wine bottles and beer caps? Here at Binny’s, we craft holiday decorations with ours! Check out our top three holiday crafts after the jump, plus more through our Tinsel and Glitter Galore Pinterest Board.
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 recipe after the jump. Read more