Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

About | Contact Info



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Tempered Spirits is a drink log, compendium, reference, and teaching tool for me, Ian Lauer, a home bartender formerly of Atlanta, Georgia, but now residing in Queens, New York. I’ve never worked behind a bar, but I am deeply interested in the craft of mixing drinks. In the past several years I’ve invested a fair amount of time perusing cocktail blogs and books while visiting a few bars here and there, and my knowledge of mixing has grown alongside the craft cocktail movement.

I studied Architecture at Georgia Tech and currently work for RAMSA. As you can see from the blog, I have a budding interest in photography and a serious book-reading habit.


The Site

I focus on the mixing of home-made cocktails, following in the footsteps of the great mixological researchers and craft bartenders that have guided the Cocktail Revival of the 20-oughts.

Why the name? Allow me to steal a few words from Merriam-Webster:

Definition of TEMPER

1: to dilute, qualify, or soften by the addition or influence of something else : moderate
2 archaic a : to exercise control over : govern, restrain b : to cause to be well disposed : mollify
3: to bring to a suitable state by mixing in or adding a usually liquid ingredient
5: to make stronger and more resilient through hardship : toughen
6 a : to put in tune with something : attune

I know I skipped a few definitions in there, but the remainder seem applicable to an action performed on a cocktail, don’t you think? Blacksmith : steel :: bartender : liquor? Plus, I like the (ironic) etymological nod to the Temperance Movement. No, I do not have a quick temper, and I do manage to restrain myself when it comes to having drinks (though not when it comes to stockpiling liquors and recipes).

The Photography

I shoot with a Nikon D7000, typically with a 35mm f/1.8 or a 105mm f/4 Macro lens. I use diffuse window light as often as possible, as I enjoy the quality of natural light.


All of the opinions expressed on this site are mine and mine alone. I do not receive any payment for product reviews or the use of certain spirits, though I sometimes receive free samples from liquor companies.

8 comments on “About | Contact Info

  1. Alisa
    February 5, 2012

    I love what you’ve got going here, we’d like to feature you for our drink blog of the day if that’s okay with you 🙂 hope you can email me so I can send you more details about it! Cheers!

  2. Brittany
    August 4, 2012

    Ian, We would love to see you at one of our monthly meetings. Friend us on facebook to keep up to date with the chapter’s events. Cheers! Brittany Chardin – Atlanta USBG President.

    • IJ Lauer
      August 4, 2012

      Thanks, Brittany! Still getting my Carpano at H&F Bottle Shop : )

  3. Judy
    July 28, 2013


    Is there an email address where I am able to send you information regarding an event called The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival happening in Atlanta in October? We would love to have our event published on your blog.

    Thank you,


  4. karin
    August 2, 2013

    Thank you so much for the very nice review on Richland Rum!

    • IJ Lauer
      August 2, 2013

      You’re welcome, Karin! I look forward to imbibing more of your rum in the future : )

  5. Patrick Widmer
    August 19, 2013


    Have a look at our Swiss Premium Absinthe Green Velvet Site, maybe you like to write something about.

    If you need any infos and you would be interested please let me know.

    Best wishes

    Patrick Widmer

  6. Dan
    October 1, 2013

    Love your blog! The “Foreign Affairs” cocktail is amazing.

    Here at Broquet (an online men’s gift retailer) – we just launched new line of cocktail kits with great American brands you may be interested in: http://www.broquet.co/collections/cocktail-and-bar-sets

    Additionally, we just published a blog post on the 10 manliest cocktails: http://www.broquet.co/blogs/posts/9289305-the-10-manliest-cocktails-according-to-men

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