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 we will cover the 2 syrups that they currently offer: tonic and ginger syrup.
Tonic Syrup Retails $24.99 for a 16 oz bottle.
The tonic syrup is made from red Cinchona bark from Peru. They first extract the quinine during and then reinfuse the quinine concentrate with a proprietary blend of botanicals, fruits, herbs, an spices. It’s bitter with notes of cardamon, cinnamon, citrus (more lime maybe a touch of orange) nutmeg (possibly mace) and other fall spices. Their is also a hint of apple perhaps granny smith although this could just be my imagination. It makes a great gin and tonic. Try experimenting with different types of gins like classic juniper forward gins or fruit or citrus forward new age gins. I think it works especially great with classic gins and citrus heavy heavy gins.
Gin and Tonic
1 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Tonic Syrup
4 oz Club Soda
1/4 oz lime Juice
Add all ingredients to an ice filled glass and stir to combine. Garnish with an lime wheel.
Ginger Syrup Retails $24.99 for a 16 oz bottle.
Their ginger syrup is made from organic squeezed ginger juice and ginger root. A two step infusion process to balance the ginger with the secondary spice and fruit flavors.
I sampled the ginger syrup own its own initially and then with club soda. There are notes of fresh ginger flavor without the bite. It has strong warming ginger notes without the aggressive bite of fresh ginger. The ginger flavor is complemented by light citrus notes a touch of cinnamon and maybe a little orange. Overall its a solid ginger syrup that provides strong ginger flavors with wonderful accent notes. Personally I think it works better in lighter cocktails that may call for ginger ale and not ginger beer. The thing that is missing is that aggressive bite and burn from a fresh ginger syrup. Ginger is a flavor that quickly degrades so I don’t see how any natural commercial product could maintain that.
Dark and Stormy
2 oz Blackstrap Rum
3/4 oz Ginger Syrup
3 1/2 oz Soda Water
Add all ingredients to an ice filled glass and give a stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.
In a dark and stormy it just doesn’t quite provide the same punch that a really spicy ginger beer provides. It is now a weak representation of itself more of a Dark and Rainy then a Dark and Stormy.
Next I created this original cocktail because apples and ginger are a wonderful combination complemented by warm baking spices.
1 1/2 oz Lairds Bonded Applejack
1/2 oz Fresh Apple Juice
1/2 Ginger Syrup
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
3/4 Lime Juice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into an in ice filled old fashioned glass. Garnish with an apple slice and grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
Keep your eyes out for a Cranberry Syrup coming this Fall 2013 and according to their twitter account they have a bitter lime tonic syrup currently in development which I am definitely interested in sampling as well as a kola syrup that is being bottled.
Review samples provided by Representatives of The Volstead Act Company.