Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

The YouTube Cometh…

Hello, Blogosphere! (Does anyone still use that term, anyway?) Have you missed me? Don’t worry, new posts are in the works. In the meantime, I’ve spent some time fiddling with … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

MxMo XCIV: That’s Not A Martini! — Shanghai

Mixology Monday? Again? So soon? Well, well, time for a drink…one that is almost, but not entirely (un)like a Martini. At least, that’s what Dagreb over at Nihil Utopia has … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

MxMo XCIII: Blue — The Blue Sky

Well, my mixology-minded friends…I’m finally back, and it’s been too long (how many blog posts have started out that way, I wonder?). Anyway, as I sit here waiting for Winter … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 2 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

MxMo LXXIV: Cherries & Cheerwine Cocktails

Time, once again, for Mixology Monday! It seems that us cocktail bloggers have been bitten by the fresh produce bug — after vegetables and herbs, we’ve naturally moved on to … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

MxMo LXXII: Drink Your Vegetables — Ciao, Provence!

Vegetables? It’s too early for vegetables! At least, it’s too early for veggies from our garden — we’ll be waiting two months, at least, for fresh, homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

Speakeasy, the Nerina, and Employees Only

What I love about books authored by bartenders is that they are written with a sense of calm, practical authority. No stand-offs or divisive arguments between mixology geeks, no lecturing … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 2 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

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