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Confessions of a Mixologist: Strongbow Spice

It’s always fun to mix different flavors together. Take this cider cocktail featuring classic English cider Strongbow. The sweetness of pomegranate and cider pair perfectly with the spiced flavors of your favorite whiskey. This fall cocktail begs to be sipped on a crisp night around the bonfire or while under a blanket during your favorite movie marathon.

 

Strongbow Spice Cocktail

Cocktail recipe and photo via Cosmopolitan. Recipe after the jump. Read more


Confessions of a Mixologist: Merry Berry Martini

A martini with rye whiskey? Yes please! Pennington’s newest cocktail edition is one for the martini drinker in your life. The fresh mix of fruit flavors blends perfectly together for a fancy holiday cocktail. Get inspired with more of Pennington’s cocktail recipes.
 

Merry Berry Martini

(Photo and recipe courtesy of Pennington’s Whiskey)
Merry Berry Martini recipe after the jump. Read more


Spooky Wines Straight Off The Vine

Looking for some spooky wines for your Halloween gathering? Binny’s has you covered!
 

Halloween Wines Binny's

 

ApothicVampire7 Deadly ZinsBoneshaker ZinfandelPrairie State Pumpkin • Illinois River Halloween Wine • Cranberry WineLeelanau Witches BrewCasillero del DiabloThe WolftrapBogle PhantomGhost Pines
Freakshow Cabernet SauvignonSinister Hand Red Blend
Velvet Devil MerlotPoizinSin Zin


Meet Christina Milian of Viva Diva Wines

Christina Milian – American actress, singer-songwriter and wine connoisseur is coming to Binny’s for an exclusive bottle signing to help promote Viva Diva Moscato! Viva Diva makes naturally infused moscato in four different flavors: peach, mango, strawberry and pina colada. The brand is owned by Christina, her mom and her manager, and has an emphasis on taste, quality and value. With three female owners, a passion for success and a vision to add creative new products, Viva Diva plans to set the brand aside from any other on the market. Be the first to sample and get a signed bottle!

 

Christina Milian Viva Diva Wines Binnys

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Confessions of a Mixologist: The Last Word

Gin. What’s not to love? Just as fun to experiment and discover in cocktails as it is to drink. Bartenders Caitey and Angie at our Lincoln Park Tasting Room had fun putting this one together. The Last Word is a mix of sweet and sour flavors that are amped up by herbal qualities from Death’s Door Gin. Try The Last Word for yourself at home or stop in to one of our Tasting Rooms in Chicago.

 

The Last Word

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

With Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to pair wine and chocolate! Chocolate is one of the best sweets with wine. Maybe that’s because the production of chocolate is so similar to wine: both are fermented with yeast. Despite their versatility, wine and chocolate pairings sometimes conflict. It only takes a little sugar to make even the softest wine seem bitter, so start with wines with sweet and salinic qualities – dessert wines, Port and sherries are a great start! When they work together, it can be divine. Enjoy year round, not just for Halloween! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

 

White Chocolate Binny'sWhite Chocolate
Because it lacks cocoa solids, white chocolate isn’t isn’t necessarily considered chocolate. But it does contain cocoa fat, making it a versatile wine pairing option.
 
Try white chocolate with:
Softer sweet wines: Brachetto, Ice Wine, Lambrusco, Moscato d’Asti and Muscat, Tokaji, vintage Port.
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Aviation

Gin is full of exotic flavors – from citrus peel to fennel, lavender, and of course, juniper. The Aviation Cocktail – a classic comprised of gin, fresh lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and creme de violette – highlights those exotic notes with its tangy cherry-citrus notes and fleeting floral lilt.

 

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Aviation recipe after the jump. Read more


Quick Flight, Small Pours

Wine, health benefits of: cavity prevention.

 

Wine, marketing. A critique and a response.

Inflammatory sentence: “Most people think paying anything more than £6 a bottle is mad. Most of the industry think anything under £6 is shit.” 

 

Beer, craft: diversity.

 

Beer, local: go Blackhawks.

 

Beer, science of: nitro beer explained.

 

Beer, slumber: beer barrel bed.

 

…Thoughts?


Confessions of a Mixologist: Forbidden Apple

Despite the name, there really isn’t anything forbidden about this fall cocktail. In fact, we encourage you to drink as many of these as you can this season. It’s a versatile cocktail that you can try with many different dark rums and ciders. This crisp and juicy cocktail will have fall lovers everywhere springing for more!
 

Forbidden Apple

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