Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Spring on the Southside

When I think Spring, I think gin cocktails. Gin sours, to be exact, though I never seem to drink a plain ol’ gin sour — it’s always a variation, like … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Savoy Tango

Sometimes, simpler drinks are better. True, you can whip up some smoked air to mix with your cardamom- and saffron-infused gin (the gin itself being homemade…who needs commercial gin, right?) … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a 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

MxMo LXIV: Tiki, and ZOMBIFICATION

After a two-month hiatus, it’s finally time for another Mixology Monday! Locked in the dead cold of winter (well, it’s  in the 60s here in Georgia), our venerable host, Doug, … Continue reading

February 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

MxMo LXIII: Retro Redemption — The Alabama Slammer becomes the Frank Bama

There is a certain period of time that’s referred to as the “Dark Ages” of mixology…somewhere between the 1950s and the 1990s. Yes, certain pockets of resistance still existed during … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 2 Comments

Examined: The Martinez

Today we’ll take an in-depth look at the history and recipe of a particular cocktail: The Martinez. First, a bit of history. Is it a precursor to the Martini? A … Continue reading

July 2, 2011 · 5 Comments