Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Peppermint Grasshopper

If you’re ready to mix and mingle and jingle… your cocktail… get ready for the Grasshopper cocktail! It’s making a comeback, kids. The Grasshopper your grandparents used to drink.


Why isn’t ours green? Dan wanted to try something different with this vintage cocktail, so he used peppermint schnapps instead of Creme de Menthe. It doesn’t have that green glow, but it still tastes just as fresh and minty.
Grasshopper Cocktail by Binny's
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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Kissed Chata

Tis the season for awesome Rum Chata gift sets. This year it includes a thermal cup for your hot cocoa + Rum Chata enjoyment.


If you’re not enjoying Rum Chata with a warm beverage, you’re probably throwing it back as a shot with something like Fireball Whiskey or Loopy Vodka. But why not use it in cocktail and enjoy it a little while longer?
Dan Culen, our mixology enthusiast in Willowbrook combined Rum Chata with Smirnoff Kissed Caramel for an epic Rum Chata cocktail. You will not be disappointed. Dan recommends adding a splash of club soda to soften the drink and give it a few bubbles without changing the flavor profile. It’s an easy holiday cocktail for when Aunt Gladys asks for yet another refill.

Rum Chata Cocktail
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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Kir Germain

Everyone knows the classic cocktail Kir. It’s a mix of sparkling wine and raspberry liquor such as Chambord. Use Champagne and you have a Kir Royale. We are taking it a step further with the inclusion of one of our favorite herbal liquors, St. Germain Edelflower. Dan Culen, our mixology enthusiast at Willowbrook Binny’s added St. Germain because the herbal liquor adds a bit of sweetness to the cocktail. Not only is it a signature drink for the holidays, but it’s easy to make and sure to impress your friends.

Champagne Cocktail
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Celebrate Repeal Day with a Classic Cocktail

Dec 5th, 1933 was a great day in American History. It marked the passage of the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution, repealing prohibition. Thirteen long years of alcohol prohibition were plagued by an upswing in violence and organized crime. Illicit alcohol still made its way to the streets, often of dubious and sometimes downright dangerous quality. So this repeal day, pick up a couple bottles of the “Real McCoy” and mix yourself a classic cocktail.


Repeal Day


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Bobbing For Apples

It’s an age old Halloween tradition: bobbing for apples. This year, we’re bobbing for Pinnacle’s latest vodka flavor, Pinnacle Caramel Apple Vodka. You’ll be surprised at how much it tastes like an actual caramel apple. Try it alone or with one of these sweet cocktails. If vodka doesn’t appeal to you, try one of these other festive treats!

Fresh red apples floating on water beside kitchen window
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Meet Tamra Judge and Taste Cuca Fresca

Cuca Fresca teams up with reality star Tamra Judge for an epic meet and greet! Tamra is well-known for her hit series on the network Bravo, “The Real Housewives Of Orange County.”
Cuca Fresca is a family owned and operated company with a passion for making quality cachaça. Fourth-generation family member, Araci Ferreira and her husband came up with the idea for Cuca Fresca when they brought small batches of her family’s cachaca from Brazil to New York. Cuca Fresca is made with superior, organic sugarcane. The name Cuca Fresca comes from a Brazilian expression “cool head” which basically means “to relax.”


Tamra will sign bottles of Cuca Fresca and pose for photographs. Arrive early because there will be a line. We’ll have somebody taking pictures, too. Login on to the Binny’s Facebook page to find your picture and tag your friends!


Binny’s Lincoln Park
Thursday, October 17th


Cuca Fresca is also great for cocktails. Try these easy to make and refreshing cocktails for your next Girls Night Out!


Cuca’s Signature Caipirinha

2 oz. Cuca Fresca Prata
6 Cubes of Fresh Lime
1 oz. Simple Syrup

Simple Steps: Muddle lime and syrup in a small shaker. Mix ice in with Cuca Fresca and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass and enjoy!


Cuca Tanga

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2 oz. Cuca Fresca Prata
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup

Simple Steps: Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.

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