The Volstead Act Company’s Pre-Prohibition-Inspired Cocktail Syrups

Small-batch, handmade mixers from Los Angeles

Forever on the search for mixers that match the cocktail movement we are all immersed in, we were taken by the efforts of The Volstead Act Company. The Los Angeles-based brand creates four syrups—organic ginger syrup, bitter lime tonic syrup, bitter orange tonic syrup and their best-known naturally red Peruvian tonic syrup—by way of a multi-infusion process that allows layer upon layer of flavor to …

Interview: Stu Waters of Stu’s Pickles

The vinegar freak tells us how he adds a briny punch to a classic Bloody Mary

by Madison Kahn Stu Waters loves pickles. The Midwesterner started experimenting with food in college and upon graduating, decided to leave his philosophy degree behind for a culinary education. Waters quickly found his niche in fermentation and a romance with pickles ensued. Claiming pickles are “half art, half science,” Waters improvised with various recipes for years until he found what he feels is the ultimate …