Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Drinking New Orleans, Part 2: Cocktail à la Louisiane

Following on the heels of the Vieux Carré is a drink with remarkably similar ingredients but a drastically different taste: the Cocktail à la Louisiane. Like the VC, it was salvaged from … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Drinking New Orleans, Part 1: The Vieux Carré

Well, Mardi Gras was last Tuesday, and I’m sure everyone in the drink blogosphere has been getting an ample dosage of information on the Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans, … Continue reading

March 1, 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

Applejack!

Right now, applejack is quite possibly my favorite spirit. Sure, I love sipping whiskey and trying out new gins, and cognac is great and I’m gradually warming to tequila, but … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 3 Comments

Wilde Heart

Last month, Imbibe ran a piece on Irish Whiskey that caught my attention, namely because I hadn’t tasted or mixed with very many Irish whiskeys. If you’ve paged through a large … Continue reading

November 12, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Widow’s Kiss

We’re getting closer and closer to Fall, and apple brandy is quickly working its way into my drink rotation. Autumn and apples get along splendidly, probably because it’s the harvest … Continue reading

September 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tonight’s Drink: The Tip Top

A truly exquisite little drink, the Tip Top is one of those well-hidden gems that deserves to be known better. Don’t be afraid of the amount of vermouth in this … Continue reading

July 25, 2011 · 2 Comments