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Fall Preview: Binny’s Handpicked Casks


The Whiskey Hotline hit the road this year. We’ve been all over the country and all over the world in search of casks of the finest spirits around. When we find the best of the best, we claim them as our own and call them Binny’s Handpicked Casks. Watch for these selections over the next few months:


Binny's Handpicked Casks

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Binny’s Handpicked Clyde May’s


Binny’s is proud to be the first retailer to participate in Clyde May’s single barrel journey. That’s right – get it here first. Clyde May’s is known for their Alabama style whiskey, a unique process in which they gently fold essential oils from granny smith apples into their finished high-rye bourbons, adding apple and cinnamon flavors. Their mash bill contains 55% corn, 30% rye and 15% barley. Scroll down to learn about the three we picked. We can’t promise you won’t salivate…


Clyde May's Bourbon Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Whiskey Sour


They don’t get much more classic than the whiskey sour. It has been around for more than a century, a sort of comfort cocktail that’s as easy to drink as it is to make. Start with whiskey – it doesn’t have to be great whiskey but it can’t hurt – and add the cut of citrus and the sweetness of sugar. It’ll bring you back to life after a weekend with the family or an afternoon running errands. With so many different whiskies to choose from, how will you decide?

Whiskey Sour Binny's

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Our Favorite Warm Weather Cocktails


As seen in the latest Whiskey Hotline, we’re holding on to summer here at the hotline with some of our favorite warm weather cocktails.


Americano Soda


This cocktail is pungent, aromatic, refreshing and bitter. Perfect for humid afternoons at the Brophy homestead.
2 oz Cocchi Americano
1-1/2 oz Aperol
Club Soda


Simple Steps:
Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in Cocchi Americano, Aperol, then top off with club soda.

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Snake Plissken


Do you need to get enough liquid courage to fly a glider into post apocalyptic Manhattan to save the President who may or may not be missing fingers? Looking for the bravery to recover the doomsday device from the autonomous Los Angeles island where criminals are deported?


Binny’s spirit and beer specialist Pat Brophy brings you a cocktail named after his personal hero, Snake Plissken. Just don’t tell him Snake Plissken isn’t a real guy.


Brophy was looking for a smoky twist on a Manhattan, and after playing around with various mezcals, he fell in love with Corsair’s Triple Smoke. Follow the recipe below,and check out the Vine version here.



Snake Brophkin

Rocks GlassSnake Plissken


2oz Corsair Triple Smoke
1oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Dash Fee Bros Peach Bitters
2 Luxardo Cherries


Put 2 cherries in a Manhattan glass, keep it to the side. Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and stir for exactly 30 rotations. Strain into the Manhattan over the cherries.


Man Crush


We love sharing our favorite cocktails. Zenas, a valued employee of our order department, shares his summertime cocktail of choice. The “Man Crush” evolved from what Zenas says “was a lack in sour-liquored summer cocktails.” Curious about the name? Don’t be deceived. Zenas encourages both men AND women to drink this summer cocktail.




Rocks GlassMan Crush


2oz Rye Whiskey (Pick your favorite)
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz simple syrup
3/4 lemon, juiced
Luxardo Cherry (garnish)


   Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a Luxardo Cherry. 

Binny’s Derby Mint Julep


It’s time for the Kentucky Derby! We’re celebrating with a classic – you guessed it – a Mint Julep. Of course our favorite is a Buffalo Trace Mint Julep. We headed to the South Loop Tasting Room for this not-so-secret recipe:


Derby Mint Julep
2 1/2 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Water
4 Sprigs of Mint
Muddle the sprigs of mint with the simple syrup. Pour in bourbon and water. Serve on the rocks with a mint sprig garnish!


Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day: Two Days!


It’s Thursday and we’re ready for some Whiskey! Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day weekend with an authentic Irish cocktail!


2 Days Left to St Patrick’s Day Weekend! Sláinte!


Bushmills Irish Buck

1.5 oz Bushmills Blended Irish Whiskey

2 oz Ginger Ale
1 Squeeze Lime Juice
1 Wheel Lime


Combine the whiskey and lime juice over ice in a collins glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel.