Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Say you infuse bourbon with tea…what happens then?

A little while ago, I picked up a copy of Food & Wine: Cocktails 2012 (at a local Kroger, of all places): contained within it was a drink called “Tea At Three,” … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Eh, it’s-a Tombasi, un Cocktail Originale!

A couple of weeks ago, the Lauer household was inundated with tomatoes. The gardens were cranking  ’em out in July, and we could only consume so many of them. Our … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Norway Strikes Back

Drinking in season? Not today we’re not. It’s a hot year down here in Georgia: 90 degrees in May…who’d-a-thunk-it? So I’m rebelling against Mother Nature and mixing up two drinks … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” or Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum (and Cinnamon)

Ah yes, A Christmas Story: a true yuletide classic. Jean Shepherd’s composite tale of his childhood Christmas during the Great Depression has always been a family favorite — I’m sure a lot … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 3 Comments

Happy Repeal Day!

Happy Repeal Day, folks! That’s right, 78 years ago Prohibition officially ended, and booze flowed freely again in the U.S. Of course, it hadn’t particularly stopped flowing during America’s “Noble Experiment,” and … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Heron Social Club

It was bound to happen: a neighborhood cocktail club is in the works and nearly set to debut (one week to go). I hate to keep such a thing exclusive and secret, … Continue reading

September 4, 2011 · 2 Comments

Bar Visit: Leon’s Full Service, July 08, 2011

“There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place, and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds to show you what’s possible.” – Field … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · Leave a comment