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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Confessions of a Mixologist: Patio Season

The Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room is officially open now. Not only does the new space boast an epic, sixteen beer tap list and a cruvinet wine systeam featuring sixteen wines by the glass. The space also features expert mixologists who are excited to share designer cocktails, including their very own signature creations. Head to our new Lincoln Park Tasting Room and try these for yourself, or check out our not-so-secret recipes and make them at home.

 

To keep up with our upcoming events and tastings at this location, scroll through our many Binny’s Lincoln Park events.

 

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Hennessy Black Bottle Engraving

With father’s day just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to start shopping for Dad. Hennessy is stopping by a few Binny’s locations for free bottle engravings with the purchase of Hennessy Black. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the smooth Cognac. Be sure to try it with one of the recommended cocktails below.

 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Irish Milk and Honey

Let’s be honest, Bailey’s alone sometimes doesn’t cut it. So we added whiskey to this cocktail and even honey for good measure. It’s Irish cream for someone who wants more Irish than cream.
 

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” – Alex Levine

 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Dublin Donkey

Here’s an Irish twist to an everyday cocktail. A typical Dark and Stormy calls for rum, but the Dublin Donkey calls for Jameson Select Black Barrel. The addition of ginger beer allows the vanilla and spice flavors from the whiskey to shine. The combination makes for one smooth and rich cocktail that everyone will enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. Cocktail instructions after the jump.

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Guinness Gives Back + Guinness Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t complete without a pint of Guinness… or three. This St. Patrick’s Day, Binny’s is teaming up with Guinness Gives Back. A portion of the proceeds from every case of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s purchased before St. Patrick’s Day will benefit The Leary Firefighters of Chicago. We can’t think of a better way to give back this St. Patrick’s Day! Stop by your local Binny’s, grab a case of Guinness and enjoy it while giving back to the Firefighters of Chicago. Also, try mixing it up with one of these traditional Guinness cocktails.

 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Death in the Afternoon

Don’t be frightened by the name. Esteemed American author, Ernest Hemingway invented this cocktail and named it after his 1935 novel, Death in the Afternoon. Hemingway’s original instructions on how to enjoy were as follows:
 

“Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”

 
It’s definitely a powerful drink, but you will love it. Mardi Gras goers substitute mimosas for this iconic cocktail. Recipe after the jump.

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Brandy Milk Punch

The classic New Orleans cocktail, the Brandy Milk Punch tends to get pushed behind other iconic Mardi Gras drinks. With over 300 options of brandies, you have a lot of options. You’ll see this traditional mid-day treat on almost every brunch menu in New Orleans. Warning: If you mix up one of these, exercise caution and take the rest of the day off.
 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: New Orleans Sazerac

This Mardi Gras favorite is one of America’s first cocktail gems. Many party goes have enjoyed the Sazerac since the early 1800′s. Whether you pour rye whiskey or cognac, you can’t go wrong. Dan uses one of our High West Double Ryes aged in French Oak. Trust us when we say that it makes for a freaking fantastic Sazerac. With so many variations of this classic, this is one recipe you should try. Specifics after the jump.
 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Fruity Wine Spritzer

You know that expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We hear that wine has that same effect, too. So why not mix them together? This custom cocktail is fresh, crisp and sure to put some pep in your step this Valentine’s Day! This white wine spritzer is perfect for a party of two – or twenty!
 

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Fun fact: This wine spritzer was created with love by Dan’s fiance. Awwww! <3
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