Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Autumn Has Arrived — Time for Punch!

To celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and herald the arrival of cooler weather, we held a Harvest Party at the Lauer household (incidentally, a well-timed cold front dropped the temperature by ten … Continue reading

September 24, 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

Drinking New Orleans, Part 5: The Hurricane

Ah yes, the Hurricane. Like many faux-tropical drinks, it has a messy history, though it’s not quite as convoluted or controversial as those of the Mai Tai and the Zombie. For one … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 5 Comments

Drinking New Orleans, Part 3: Pimm’s Cup

Ah yes, the Pimm’s Cup. If I had to pick one highball to drink for the rest of my life, this would probably be it. What? You’ve never had one? … Continue reading

March 19, 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