Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Poitín: The Unfamiliar Irish Spirit

Infinite variety — that’s one of the things I enjoy most about the world of spirits. Distillation — and wine-making, and brewing — is really an extension of agriculture: so … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

High Times at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

As some of you know, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was held here in New York a few weeks back. And I nearly missed it. Serves me right for not paying … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Taste of Richland Rum

A while ago, I was opining about the state of locally-produced liquor in Georgia — how it would be nice to see more of it, that the Atlanta bar scene … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

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