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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

MxMo LXXXII: Monsieur Lauer at the Lapin Agile

As you might well guess, the blog isn’t the only repository for my cocktail knowledge and experiments. Since the summer of 2010, I’ve kept a cocktail journal, of sorts: it … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

MxMo LXXV: Flip Flop — The Sheik

How are new cocktails created? Well, one fairly simple way is to take an existing drink and swap some or all of the ingredients for new ones. It’s best to … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cherry Blossoms!

Spring has arrived in Georgia, bringing with it the usual crop of weather conditions: wild fluctuations in temperature — both morning-to-night and day-to-day — tornadoes, rain, and exclamations from coastal … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

MxMo LXIX: Fortified Wines — Got Sherry?

January’s Mixology Monday is focused upon a trend that is steadily gaining steam in bars across the country: the use of port, sherry, and Madeira wines in cocktails. Sure, you can reach … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

I’ll take an Aviation — Blue, if you please.

Way, way back in 1916, a little-known Bavarian-born bartender named Hugo Ensslin self-published a wholly unremarkable little book. Covered with stiffened, nondescript brown paper and given an unassuming title — Recipes … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 4 Comments

Original Drink: The Elder-Upper

If you didn’t know already, St. Germain, the makers of the impeccable elderflower liqueur, are holding a cocktail contest, their 5th Annual Can-Can Classic. The challenge? Create an original drink using … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

MxMo LXVI: Bein’ (Jacques-in-the-) Green

Yes, it is officially Autumn, and though the leaves are turning and there’s a slight chill in the air, things are still pretty green down here in Georgia. There’s the … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · 4 Comments

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

The Mai Tai

If you were to ask me what my favorite cocktail is, I’d be hard-pressed to answer your question. If, however, you were a bit more specific and asked me what … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Tempered Spirits is officially one year old! Huzzah! Cue the music! The site has come a long way since the first post, which covered the Martini, and to celebrate the … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 1 Comment