Don Julio Airstream Speakeasy

Have you heard of Airstream Speakeasy? It’s a cool concept: they took a vintage Airstream recreational vehicle and totally fixed it up to make “the world’s most technically advanced mobile cocktail bar.” They’re teaming up with Don Julio to bring this cocktail-centric aluminum twinkie on wheels to your neighborhood – with a special stop at Binny’s Evergreen Park.

 

Don Julio Ambassador Jackson Miranda will be on hand to answer questions (bring  your best tequila trivia) and pour you a sample of Don Julio, both on its own and also  as the base in great cocktails that that are simple enough that you can make them at home. We’ll have an engraver on hand, for your chance to get your a special bottle of Don Julio 1942 etched with your own custom message. That would make a heck of a gift. More info after the jump…

 

Don Julio Airstream Speakeasy

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Binny’s Kicks Off Lollapalooza Weekend with Perry Farrell

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Perry Farrell paid a visit to the South Loop Tasting Room at Binny’s. You may know him as founder and frontman of Jane’s Addiction, creator of the trendsetting festival Lollapalooza, or even as his new role, ambassador to premium tequila brand Maestro Dobel Tequila. It couldn’t of been more perfect timing with Lolla weekend upon us!

 

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While talking to excited fans in the tasting room, Farrell mentioned he was scouted as a model while doing his day job and that eventually launched his entertainment career. Any guesses as to what his day job was? We won’t keep you guessing, he worked in liquor distribution. Funny how sometimes your life can come full circle, huh?

 

“When you’re going to tell your friends about a product, you gotta have belief in it,” said Perry Farrell. “I like drinking Maestro Dobel – It gets me set for creative designery. I savor it at the start and end of every show.” [via businesswire.com]

 

Looking to spot Farrell this weekend? He dropped a hint. 3pm and Shaun White are your clues. Happy Lollapalooza Weekend! And don’t forget to check out pics from Farrell’s visit on the Binny’s facebook page!

Perry Farrell is Coming to Binny’s

Yes.

 

Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell is coming to Binny’s South Loop to sign bottles of ultra premium tequila Maestro Dobel Tequila. The brainchild of Juan Domingo Beckmann Legoretta, heir to the Jose Cuervo empire, Maestro Dobel is a double distilled Reopsado aged in Hungarian White Oak and filtered for clarity, and one of the fastest growing tequilas in the world. Perry Farrell is an iconic musician and world renowned concert promoter whom is also passionate about fine tequila. Well, you should know who Perry Farrell is.

 

Thursday, August 1st, 4-6pm
South Loop Tasting Room
at Binny’s South Loop

 

No music CD’s or rock memorabilia will be signed.

 

Cinco de Binny’s: Taco Night

Jalepeno. Cilantro. Mango.

 

YUM.

 

Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room bartender, Josh Dempsey has done it again! You can find him this weekend whipping up some SPICY (yet sweet) margaritas! Can’t make it to the bar? Here’s how to create your own!

 

Cocktail GlassTaco Night

 

2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
1/4 oz Luxardo Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz Mango Puree
2 oz Stirrings Margarita Mix
Slice of Jalapeno
Lime wheel
2-3 Sprigs of Cilantro

 

Mix together and shake. Strain into a margarita glass and garnish with lime wheel and slice of jalapeno! Aplausos!

 

Happy National Margarita Day!

You might think that the month of February already has too many holidays. Well, here’s a holiday we can all get behind. Join us this Friday as we celebrate National Margarita Day.

 

Yep. It’s a thing.

 

To prepare, we headed to our South Loop Tasting Room and asked our crack team of cocktail specialists for their best custom margarita recipe. Check it out:

 

Cocktail GlassThe Binny’s Margarita

 

2oz Don Julio Blanco
3/4oz Gran Torres
1/4 to 1/2oz Agave Nectar (Add more or less to taste)
2 1/2oz Fresh Lemon/Lime juice blend (Add more or less to taste)

 

   Give it a quick shake, strain over ice and garnish with a slated rim and lime wheel. 

 

That agave nectar is the secret to a great margarita. It’s cleaner in taste and naturally lower in calories than sugar or high fructose corn syrup based mixers. Special thanks to Josh, our bartender, for sharing his awesome Margarita recipe!

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The Marroquin

Are you all ready for something different? We bring you… get ready for it… “The Marroquin.”

 

 

Josh Dempsey, our South Loop bartender, is sharing his sweet treat with us! Inspired by his girlfriend (awww) he named this Spanish-french cocktail after her and mixed in a few of her favorite ingredients!

 

Rocks GlassThe Marroquin

 

1 part Partida Reposado Tequila
1 part St. Germain
1 part Agave Nectar
A pinch of fresh squeezed lemon and lime.

 

   Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled rocks glass coated with salt. It’s a one-two punch… to your mouth! Enjoy that sweet and sour mix of cocktail greatness. 

What’d you think of this love-inspired Marroquin? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Also, be sure to check out our mixology centers in participating Binny’s.

 

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Meet Riazul Tequila Founder Inaki Orozco

Riazul Tequila has made quite a splash over the past three years, since finding a place on Binny’s shelves. We would like to offer you a chance to taste all three expressions of this intricately crafted, designer tequila, and to meet the man who literally put Riazul on the map. Come meet Riazul founder and CEO Inaki Orozco on his mini-tour of Chicago Binny’s locations:

 

Meet Riazul Founder Inaki Orozco

Binny’s Chicago – South Loop
Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
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Binny’s Chicago – Lincoln Park
Saturday, April 28, 1:30-3:30 pm 
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Binny’s Chicago – Lakeview
Saturday, April 28, 4:00-6:00 pm 

 

Riazul is produced from 100% blue agave grown in the Jalisco highlands of western Mexico. Inaki has compared the agave plants to wine grapes, in that the best grapes and agave both have an important relationship with the soil and place where they are grown. Check out the history behind Riazul tequila here, or better yet, come meet him in person at Binny’s!
These are meet-and-greet events and are free of charge.

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Tanteo Infused Tequila

   New to Binny’s, here is a line of infused tequilas that  that are actually pretty good: Tanteo.

   Tanteo starts with blanco tequila from 100% blue weber agave from Jalisco, which is “hand infused with fresh, all-natural ingredients.” The result is quality tequila that shines through the flavors instead of laying down to them.

   The market is pretty saturated with flavored vod… er … spirits right now, but it’s cool to see some with fresh flavors and actual spirit character that act as more than alcoholic flavores syrups. Tanteo comes in three flavors:

 

Tanteo Jalepeno

   This seems like the most intuitive of the Tanteo lineup. We’ve seen jalepeno tequila before, and it always adds an interesting kick to tequila-based cocktail recipes. This might be the best pepper tequila I’ve tasted. The Tanteo’s peppery heat doesn’t really kick in until the back of the spirit, and it’s more than just heat. There’s a really nice fresh jalepeno flavor all the way across.

   Cocktail ideas: Tanteo Jalepeno is great in a Bloody Maria, just use it instead of vodka in a bloody mary. Just don’t add the hot sauce until after yourfirst sip. Another slam-dunk is mixing up fresh margaritas (tequila, orange liqueur, and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice) with Tanteo Jalepeno to add a spicy heat behind the sweet liqueur and sour lime. Sounds weird, but it’s super good. Otherwise, use Tanteo Jalepeno any time you want to add a little spice to your tequila drink without that gross hazy red you get with hot sauce, and a little less heat.

 

Tanteo Tropical

   You know … “tropical.” All those weird fruits that you can’t really name (like guanabana) that add up to an immediately recognizeable “tropical” fruit flavor. It’s not all fruity and innocent, though. Tanteo Tropical includes some jalepeno in this mix to spice things up, and it’s noticable, especially toward the finish.

   Use this one when you need tropical fruit flavors, or to add a fun tequila dimension to “dirty up” drinks where you’d usually use citrus vodka. This would be great in margaritas as well.

 

Tanteo Cocoa

   Not the “chocolate cake frosting” that seems to be all the rage right now. Tanteo Cocoa actually smells and tastes like dry cocoa powder. The hook here is mole that delicious cocoa-based sauce that I get on enchiladas that make me feel guilty for eating dessert for dinner. And who wouldn’t want a mole cocktail?

   This flavor is sort of a catch-22: The cocoa is delicious and makes the most interesting of these offerings. It’s the best for sipping, but cocoa tequila just isn’t on the top of my list of sippables. It seems like the least intuitive to include in cocktails. The jalepeno is easy there are tons of drinks that could use a spice & tequila kick, but I can’t think of many where I’d add cocoa & tequila. Best mixing ideas: Mexican Mudslide or coffee-based drinks. Check out some crazy experimental cocktails in the links below. Be sure to at least try the cocoa flavor; it is a unique experience.

 

   You’ll find a ton of cocktail recipes featuring Tanteo here and here and here.

   The Tanteo lineup is currently only available at four Binny’s locations Lincoln Park, South Loop, Lakeview and Highland Park.

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