Tempered Spirits

Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Original Drink: Winter Sun

A few months ago, I traveled to Paris. Little did I know that the cocktail scene was booming over there: it has the all the skill and dedication to the … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

MxMo CVI: Spring Break — La Lavanda

Time for another Mixology Monday! Now that we’ve braced ourselves against winter and slogged through February, it’s time to set our sights on Spring…premature? Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but Joel at … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Don Playa (…it’s White Grapefruit Season!)

   

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bombardier

    — Images & text by IJL. Entry typed on a Remington Deluxe Model 5 Typerwriter with Touch Control

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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 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

A Short Flight to Paper Plane

This past weekend, friend Jack and I made our way to downtown Decatur to seek out one of Atlanta’s newest cocktail-centric bars, Paper Plane. The cozy, retro-infused spot is the … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 3 Comments