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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

Cocktail image courtesy of Liquor.com. Whiskey Sour recipe after the jump. Read more

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.
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Ingredients
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.

 

Deliverance aka “the Grabber”

 
Joe says Mountain Dew was originally intended to be mixed with mountain dew, which apparently is Kentucky for moonshine. We aren’t sure it matters. Not recommended for those with heart conditions or expectant mothers.

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Ingredients
1/2 Moonshine
1/2 Mountain Dew

 

Simple Steps:
The cheaper the moonshine the better. Serve over ice in a mason jar.

 

Jack Daly

 
So you’re at a party where the best beer is domestic Lite and there’s a table full of the usual bottles: vodka, fruit flavored vodka, RumChata, and your old friend Jack. Don’t sweat it – improvise with this whiskified take on a John Daly. Suddenly your father-in-law’s co-worker’s cousin’s stories don’t seem so offensive.

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Ingredients
1/3 Lemonade
1/3 Iced Tea
1/3 Jack Daniel’s

 

Simple Steps:
Serve over ice in a red plastic cup.

 

The Thief

 
For the cocktail enthusiast who likes showing off expensive and obscure ingredients. Garnish with elusive Indian saffron or unopened original Star Wars Action Figures or something. Josh says he calls it The Thief because it’s stolen an adaptation of a cocktail he tasted at some hot bar.

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Ingredients
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Eden Orleans Herbal
2 oz Small Hand Foods Raspberry Gum Syrup
1/2 oz lime juice

 

Simple Steps:
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass.

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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