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Confessions of a Mixologist: CHee-Key

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This cheeky cocktail is sour and bitter with a sweet finish. It reminds us of a melted Popsicle on a hot summer day. Bartender Angie selected the gin for its key lime and juniper flavors. It’s distilled locally in the heart of Chicago at CH Distillery on Randolph Street, just less than two miles from both our Downtown and South Loop locations.

 

Chee-Key Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: On Second Thought…

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On Second Thought is a twist on the classic cocktail, The Last Word. Bartender Colleen wanted to use Rhubarb Tea Liqueur, an 80-proof spirit that’s a blend of rhubarb, lemon, and beets, along with spices like cardamom, pink peppercorns, and coriander. It compliments the gin well and creates a mix of floral and bitter flavors with a tart bite – very similar to the taste of Sweetheart candies. Super delish!

 

On Second Thought Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Pink Pearl

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The real MVP in this cocktail is the Combier Pamplemousse. It gets its flavor and light pink color by steeping hand-picked rose petals in neutral alcohol. Pretty cool, huh? Typically paired with Champagne, Bartender Brittney decided to mix it with tequila. Our Pink Pearl is the ultimate patio sipper and is as simple and delicious as it gets.
 

Pink Pearl Binny's

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Confessions of A Mixologist: Brandy Alexander

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We’re digging up an old classic. The Brandy Alexander is sweet as a candy bar and is full of nutmeg, eggnog and cinnamon flavors. Bartender Brittney describes the flavors as the bottom of an ice cream tub – and we couldn’t agree more. Speaking of ice cream, if you’re looking to shake things up, try blending all of the ingredients with two scoops of vanilla ice cream for one delicious treat.
 

Brandy Alexander Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Big Mama

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It’s tiki time! Our Big Mama is full of tropical flavors that will have you feeling like you’re floating on a flamingo raft somewhere under the sun. This tropical cocktail is a polite mix of lime, ginger, almonds, cinnamon, pineapple, and lemon. The savory sweet combo will have you making another and another and another.

 

Big Mama Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Sherried Treasure

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Looks like a Manhattan, tastes like a dream. Bartender Ian built this cocktail based off of what our Founding Fathers were drinking, which apparently included a lot of rum. Back then colonists considered alcohol an essential food group, a cure-all for the sick, and an important ingredient that held their society together. We think this boozy mix is exactly what Adams, Washington and Hancock would sip while discussing today’s politics.
 

Sherried Treasure Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Let’s Get Away

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As we get ready to welcome spring, consider adding this mix to your cocktail rotation. Let’s Get Away is a smokey and floral combination with light citrus flavors that is super refreshing and is sure to stop you in your tracks. Bartender Brittney created this beautiful concoction for the moments you need to just get away…
 

Let's Get Away Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: The French Angel

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The French Angel is a flavor combination of sherbet and lemon meringue. Intrigued? This citrus and sweet cocktail is available for you to taste at Binny’s Lincoln Park – or whip one up for yourself at home with the recipe below. Don’t forget the Cardenal Mendoza Angelus Orange Liqueur – it’s the best part.

The French Angel

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Jazz Age

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Originally, the Sazerac cocktail was made with French brandy. In 1873, the recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail was altered to replace the French brandy with American Rye whiskey. We decided to recreate the original with Hennessy Cognac – plus ginger syrup, a few dashes of barrel aged bitters, and of course, a heavy absinthe rinse.
 

Jazz Age

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