Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

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 LXXXVI: Pineapple

Mixology Monday has rolled around once again! We’ve just passed the solstice, so summer is officially here. The heat has been building for quite some time, however, and it’s due … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

Byrrh Rides Again: The Chevalier

I love apĂ©ritif wines. Byrrh, Lillet, Dubonnet, Cocchi, you name ’em, I’ll drink ’em. These complex, Continental concoctions are wonderful on their own — or with a wedge of citrus … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

A Southerner Goes North

As you may have noticed, dear reader, this blog has been idle since July of 2013. The reason for this, of course, is that I have relocated from the quiescent … Continue reading

January 25, 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

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 LXXIII: Bay Laurel from the Witches’ Garden

Once again, it’s time for Mixology Monday! Mr. Mark Holmes, of Cardiff Cocktails, is hosting, and he’s looking for a batch of herbal cocktails. Roots, spices, and beans can be … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 7 Comments

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