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

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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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Confessions of a Mixologist: Mint Julep

The combinations for this three ingredient cocktail are limitless. Although we prefer ours with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, with our selection of over 300 bourbons, you could have a different variation of the Mint Julep every day of the year.

 
This minty concoction was thrown together in the early 19th century. It was originally consumed as a spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it. Rum was the main ingredient, but after being popularized by Kentucky, it quickly switched to bourbon.
 
And remember, May 30th is National Mint Julep Day. Celebrate the weekend with your own version of the cocktail, one at our Tasting Room or a premixed Mint Julep from Early Times.

 

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Binny’s Handpicked Angel’s Envy: St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s

Angel's EnvyOur two brand new Binny’s Handpicked Angel’s Envy bottlings just arrived this week, and you do not want to miss them.  Originally blended on St. Patrick’s Day, we were going to call them St. Patrick’s Blend #1 and #3, but Joey was upset his name didn’t appear on one so we now have St. Patrick’s Blend and St. Joseph’s Blend. On to the details:

 

Angel’s Envy is well known as a ex-Port cask finished bourbon. Both the standard bottling and other special blends are blended to perfection from three component whiskies:

 

A – is 6 year bourbon finished in port barrels for an additional 2 months
B – is 6 year bourbon finished in port barrels for an additional 4 months
C – is 6 year bourbon finished in port barrels for an additional 6 months
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Negroni

If you’re not familiar with this classic cocktail, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
 
According to imbibe and Campari, the official Negroni Week is June 2nd to the 8th, but we won’t tell anyone if you decide to drink a few of these any other day of the year. Recipe after the jump!
 

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