Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

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

Cocktail Night II: Bourbon & Rye

Almost time for the second meeting of the Heron Social Club! This time our crew of cocktailians will be focusing on drinks made with bourbon and rye whiskey. Neighbor Dave … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

Bourbon & Rye Primer

The next meting of the Heron Social Club approaches! The theme? Bourbon and Rye. When you’re looking at base spirits, whiskey is arguably right up there with gin, a well-established … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Boulevardier

Ah yes, Campari. That bitter liqueur we Americans just can’t seem to love…but that’s OK. Even if we can’t bring ourselves to drink Campari on the rocks (try giving it … Continue reading

September 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

High West Distillery Whiskies

Yes, it’s time for Part Two of the Southwest Booze Roundup: Yeeeeeee-haawwwwww!! Sorry. This second offering comes from the High West Distillery, located in Park City, Utah, just outside of … Continue reading

August 31, 2011 · 5 Comments

Tonight’s Drink: The Lion’s Tail

While pondering what to mix, and seriously considering a Lucien Gaudin, I heard my Dad call down from upstairs (the liquor supply occupying a wall in the basement), “Hey! Are … Continue reading

July 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Shoo-Fly Punch

Here’s a drink dredged up from the pages of Southern Living. If memory serves, they were serving this at an Oyster Roast. Now, if it were me, I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

June 29, 2011 · Leave a comment