Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Original Drink: Winter Sun

A few months ago, I traveled to Paris. Little did I know that the cocktail scene was booming over there: it has the all the skill and dedication to the … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

MxMo 107: Burden of Proof | Rust n’ Dust

Mixology Monday has rolled around once again! This time, Monsieur Dagreb of Nihil Utopia is hosting the party, and he’s asked us to mix up a round of drinks featuring … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

MxMo CVI: Spring Break — La Lavanda

Time for another Mixology Monday! Now that we’ve braced ourselves against winter and slogged through February, it’s time to set our sights on Spring…premature? Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but Joel at … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Don Playa (…it’s White Grapefruit Season!)

   

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bombardier

    — Images & text by IJL. Entry typed on a Remington Deluxe Model 5 Typerwriter with Touch Control

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

MxMo CV: Brace Yourself — Le Restaurateur No. 2

      So…for the latest Mixology Monday,¬†Doc Elliot has asked us to mix up a string of drinks to act as winter bracers¬†— anything that will help us folks … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

MxMo XCIV: That’s Not A Martini! — Shanghai

Mixology Monday? Again? So soon? Well, well, time for a drink…one that is almost, but not entirely (un)like a Martini. At least, that’s what Dagreb over at Nihil Utopia has … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

MxMo XCIII: Blue — The Blue Sky

Well, my mixology-minded friends…I’m finally back, and it’s been too long (how many blog posts have started out that way, I wonder?). Anyway, as I sit here waiting for Winter … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

MxMo LXXXIX: The Unknown — The Maturin Cocktail

In the world of cocktails, a great deal of faith is placed in precedent and tradition. We look to the written works of bartenders from a century ago for inspiration, … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Encouraging the Spirit of Queens

A couple of weeks ago I was perched on a bentwood bar stool at my favorite local watering hole, trading thoughts on cocktails with bartender David, when the phrase “Astoria … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment