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Artfully Crafting Classic Cocktails

Locally owned and operated, Volstead Bar takes patrons back to the fascinating days of the speakeasy by artfully crafting classic cocktails. Housed in what was the old Dorn Winery and later the Green Door brothel, the Green Door Building is shrouded in Sandusky lore and has seen an array of tenants throughout the years.

Combining these intriguing historical remnants with the speakeasy practices of the aforementioned years, Volstead Bar harkens back to the days of Old Sandusky amidst the New Sandusky renaissance.

Cocktails

Volstead Classic Cocktails

Here are a few choice selections of some of our signature drinks
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Volstead Bar & Speakeasy - Sandusky Ohio

Waldorf

Absinthe rinse, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters
Johnnie Solon, a bartender at the famed Waldorf Astoria in New York City around 1900, created this drink after being challenged by an inebriated customer. At first delivery, the drink was originally called a “Bronx.”

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Gin Fizz

London Dry Gin, Lemon Juice, Powdered Sugar, Soda Water
The first printed reference to a fizz (spelled “fiz”) is in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide, which contains six fizz recipes. The Gin Fizz gained so much popularity that bars would employ scrums of bartenders working in teams that would take turns shaking the fizzes.

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Bee’s Knees

Plymouth Gin, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup
Contrary to popular belief, Prohibition-era cocktails weren’t exactly glamorous, but rather grimy and tasteless. However, out of underground bartender’s quests to liven up less-than-savory bathtub gin, came a fantastic honey and citrus infused concoction coined as the “Bee’s Knees.”

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