confessions of a mixologist

  1. Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    WGN Radio asked us to create a holiday cocktail to share with their listeners. We had a lot of fun putting together a mix of flavors we thought fully embodied the holiday spirit. We went with our latest batch of Buffalo Trace handpicks as the base and added in ingredients you may have available on your bar cart for an easy, but delightfully tasteful cocktail that even Rudolph would be proud to have his name on.

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  2. Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano
    This is a guest blog post written by JD W., a mixologist at the Binny's Lincoln Park Tasting Room.

    The cocktail we're featuring this time is of my own creation. The goal was to create a drink that does justice to the flavor profile of a lesser-known coffee drink, the Caffé Romano — espresso served with lemon peel. In putting it together, I played off of the proportions used in one of my favorite old classics, the Vieux Carré.

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  3. Confessions of a Mixologist: Seaplane

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Seaplane

    This concoction is only one ingredient separated from its parent potation. The Paper Plane is a bourbon cocktail created by Sam Ross, longtime bartender at the legendary Milk & Honey and now co-owner of Attaboy and Diamond Reef. Though he never worked there, Ross created this cocktail for the opening of The Violet Hour, right here in Chicago. Despite the Paper Plane's young years, it has proliferated across borders and quickly gained classic status.

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  4. Confessions of a Mixologist: Pretty in the Midwest

    Celebrate #NationalMartiniDay with one of our favorite cocktails created by the mixology team from The Winebow Group!  

    Pretty in the midwest

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  5. Confessions of a Mixologist: Adonis

    Sherry has long had an unfair reputation. Dismissed as the stuffy drink of choice for aging British aristocrats, or sickly sweet jug wine more suited to cooking than drinking. Fortunately the variety and quality of sherry is being rediscovered. Sommeliers and bartenders are putting it back on menus and serving up classic, sherry-based cocktails from more than a century ago. This cocktail takes its name from the musical Adonis, one of the first Broadway hits back in 1884.

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  6. Confessions of a Mixologist: DiSaronno Jazzy Hour

    Confessions of a Mixologist: DiSaronno Jazzy Hour

    We can't get this creamsicle-like cocktail off our brains. Perfect for that springtime happy hour or served as a batched cocktail for your next shindig. Don't forget to mix this Jazzy Hour up on April 19th for National Amaretto Day!  

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  7. Confessions of a Mixologist: CHee-Key

    Confessions of a Mixologist: CHee-Key

    This cheeky cocktail is sour and bitter with a sweet finish. It reminds us of a melted Popsicle on a hot summer day. Bartender Angie selected the gin for its key lime and juniper flavors. It's distilled locally in the heart of Chicago at CH Distillery on Randolph Street, just less than two miles from both our Downtown and South Loop locations.

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  8. Confessions of a Mixologist: On Second Thought...

    Confessions of a Mixologist: On Second Thought...

    On Second Thought is a twist on the classic cocktail, The Last Word. Bartender Colleen wanted to use Rhubarb Tea Liqueur, an 80-proof spirit that's a blend of rhubarb, lemon, and beets, along with spices like cardamom, pink peppercorns, and coriander. It compliments the gin well and creates a mix of floral and bitter flavors with a tart bite - very similar to the taste of Sweetheart candies. Super delish!

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  9. Confessions of a Mixologist: Pink Pearl

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Pink Pearl

    The real MVP in this cocktail is the Combier Pamplemousse. It gets its flavor and light pink color by steeping hand-picked rose petals in neutral alcohol. Pretty cool, huh? Typically paired with Champagne, Bartender Brittney decided to mix it with tequila. Our Pink Pearl is the ultimate patio sipper and is as simple and delicious as it gets.

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  10. Confessions of A Mixologist: Brandy Alexander

    Confessions of A Mixologist: Brandy Alexander

    We're digging up an old classic. The Brandy Alexander is sweet as a candy bar and is full of nutmeg, eggnog and cinnamon flavors. Bartender Brittney describes the flavors as the bottom of an ice cream tub - and we couldn't agree more. Speaking of ice cream, if you're looking to shake things up, try blending all of the ingredients with two scoops of vanilla ice cream for one delicious treat.

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