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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 Blood and Sand Cocktail

Blood & Sand

Johnnie Walker Red, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Juice, Cherry Heering
One of the few original classic cocktails that includes scotch, it was named for Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand. The red juice from the blood orange that was first used in the drink helped connect it to the film.

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Seelbach

Makers Mark Bourbon, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters, Champagne
This 1917 drink, named for the Louisville hotel where it was born, came about when a bartender there used a customer’s Manhattan to catch the overflow from a popped champagne bottle — at least according to writer Brad Thomas Parsons.

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Martini

Hendricks Gin, Dry Vermouth, Regan’s Orange Bitters with Olive or Twist
With so much history and theories involving this famous cocktail’s origin, Baltimore native and satirist H.L. Mencken perhaps described this American-borne beverage best. “The only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.”

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Corpse Reviver #2

London Dry Gin, Cointreau, Cocchi Americano, Lemon Juice
Overtly sinister in name, this original hangover cure-all is anything but. Harry Craddock, one of the most famous bartenders in the 20’s and 30’s, credited the Corpse Reviver #2 in his “Savoy Cocktail Book” saying “To be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.”

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