The Volstead Act Company 1947 and 1933 Bitters Review

1933 Bitters

The Volstead Act Company is a brand new company formed in July 2013. They are a family owned and ran business. Currently they produce a limited range of 2 different varieties of bitters and 2 different syrups. In this review … Continue reading

Roasted Orange, Vanilla, and Clove Juice in a “Beertail”

Oranges

I know your probably reading that title and wondering how good this actually is. Depending on who you are it probably doesn’t even sound appetizing. But give it a shot, the resulting mix is delicious. Orange Moon 2 oz Roasted … Continue reading

Oogave Soda Line Review

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Oogave is a relatively new line of organic sodas. Besides the classics like Cola, Root Beer, and ginger ale, they bring some new and interesting flavors that could revolutionize the soda game. The question remains: is it all hype wrapped … Continue reading

Pau Vodka Review

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Vodka is a neutral grain spirit that can be distilled from any starch or sugar rich product. There are the usual suspects like grain and potatoes which probably make up the largest share of the market. Then there are rarities like Comb Vodka which is distilled from honey. Pau Vodka is another addition to the unusual side by being distilled from pineapple.

The packaging is beautiful and engaging with a hefty bottle that will look great on the back bar with purple and gold accents. It is distilled in glass stills, which the distillers claim impart no additional flavors to the vodka before being cut with Hawaiian spring water and bottled. In fact the distiller made the glass stills himself.

On the nose it has a slight sweet note with a barely a trace of ethanol. In fact it is quite unremarkable and doesn’t smell like much of anything.

Pau Vodka is smooth but lacks substantial character and has a slight burn that betrays it’s presence on the way down.

Overall while a solid product, I was slightly disappointed in the final result. I was hoping for some of the pineapple essence to seep through if only subtly as a minor background note. I actually like vodka where the character of the distillate is present like with Comb Vodka.

I offer this simple take on a Moscow Mule adding some fresh pineapple to the mix which complements the zing of the ginger.
Hawaiian Mule
2 oz Vodka (Pau Vodka)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
5 oz Ginger Beer
4 1/2 inch cubes of fresh pineapple
Combine the vodka, lime juice, spent lime shell, and pineapple chunks in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer, give a light stir, and garnish with a lime wheel.

Review sample provided by representatives of Pau Vodka.

Cocktail Overhaul: The Appletini

Appletini

The Appletini was pretty much synonymous with everything that was wrong about drinking in the eighties and nineties: those neon colored, artificially flavored, cavity-inducing sweet cocktails featured nothing a bartender from earlier generations would recognize as belonging in a cocktail. … Continue reading

44 North Huckleberry Vodka Review and The Royal Bloodline

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44° North Huckleberry Vodka is produced by the 44° North Distillery in Idaho. According to their website, it is the first vodka approved to wear the Idaho Potato Commission’s official seal. It is distilled from 100% Idaho potatoes, blended with sweet Rocky Mountain water, and infused with mountain huckleberries.

It is sweet and fruity on the nose with a rich berry smell. It doesn’t smell artificial, in fact it has a fresh and natural smell that entices you to take a sip. The natural smell carries through on the taste filling your mouth with a burst of berry flavor. It is silky smooth and well balanced, finishing with a warming sensation rather than a harsh burn.

It is on par if not better than some of the other flavored vodkas available from many of the major and more well known distillers.
I used the Royal Toast as my inspiration for the drink below.
Royal Bloodline
1.5 oz 44° North Huckleberry Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
.5 oz Cherry Brandy (Cherry Brandy)
1 dash of Orange Bitters
stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Notes:
The rich cherry brandy and light berry flavor of the vodka are balanced out by the complexity of the Lillet Blanc. The vodka also adds an alcoholic punch that helps to open up the other flavors and bring out the nuances of the Lillet.

The 2nd drink is called:
Black Magic
2 oz 44° North Huckleberry Vodka
.5 oz – .75 oz Coffee Liqueur (depends on the strength of your liqueur. the stronger the coffee flavor the less you need.)
1 tsp of lemon juice
shake and strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Notes:
This one tastes just as you would imagine. It has a strong coffee flavor with a fruity background provided by the vodka. The lemon juice helps to brighten and lighten both of the stronger flavors and bridge the gap between them. Try this in place of your next black or white russian and let me know what you think.

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