Volstead Classic Cocktails


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Brown Derby

Dickel, Grapefruit Juice, Honey Syrup
During the mid-20th century, Brown Derby restaurants opened all over LA.  This was a golden era of the silver screen and of course imbibing. The Brown Derby cocktail was a centerpiece of the restaurants and popular with both the working man and the Hollywood elite… Perhaps it’s the golden hue of this cocktail that enticed so many as they dreamt of Beverly Hills mansions.  

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Kentucky Mule Kick

Bulleit Bourbon, Ginger Beer, Lime
Jack Morgan, President of Cock N’ Bull products (The first producer of ginger beer), eloquently
described the day of creation with his 3 friends. “We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius.

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Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Regan’s Orange Bitters
Unlike many other cocktails that have been roused from hibernation, the Manhattan has stood the test of time in part to New York’s hotel bars and private clubs. The cocktail made back in the late 1800’s was made with rye whiskey, bourbon’s edgier cousin.

Volstead Bar Mint Julep Cocktail

Mint Julep

Old Forester Bourbon, Mint, Simple Syrup
Although a first print appearance in 1803 placed the mixture in the hands of early rising Virginians, others claim an Arabic origin in the Mediterranean made with rose petals and water called a “Julap.” While this cocktail synonymous with the Kentucky Derby may have an uncertain origin, there’s no mistaking the look of a classic Mint Julep – silver cup and a budding mint sprig

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Old Fashioned

Rye Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, Sugar Cube
While documented as far back as 1806, the title of this original concoction was first printed in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1880. Although this muddled libation fell out of favor after the 1960’s, Don Draper from AMC’s Mad Men must be considered partially responsible for it’s resurgence.

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Absinthe rinse, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, Sugar Cube
Perhaps one of the most storied cocktails, this New Orleans variation of an Old Fashioned is named for the Sazerac de Forge et Fils brand of cognac that was it’s original prime ingredient.

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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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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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Ward 8

Rye Whiskey, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Grenadine
Ironically, this classic cocktail was accidentally coined in 1898 by Boston native and stout Prohibitionist, Martin Lomasney. After voting region Ward 8 captured him a seat in the Massachusetts state legislature, the soon-to-be-named drink was served during his celebration dinner. Sorry Martin.

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Whiskey Sour

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, Organic Egg White, Lemon Juice, Simple syrup
The oldest historical mention of a whiskey sour prepared in the world comes from the Wisconsin-based Waukesha Plain Dealer in 1870 and is sometimes referred to as a Boston Sour.



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Absinthe Drip

(serves 2)
Absinthe, Sugar Cube
This once illicit booze is said to make patrons hallucinate on account of the wormwood used in the barrel aging process. While it’s hallucinogenic properties were greatly exaggerated, “chasing the green fairy” is quite tasty and a perfectly acceptable form of imbibing.

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Cocchi Americano Spritzer

Cocchi Americano, Soda Water, Orange Peel
Cocchi Aperitivo Americano is an Italian aperitif wine that debuted in 1891. Based on a foundation of Moscato di Asti, the wine is fortified and then flavored with cinchona bark, along with citrus peel, spices and other botanicals, add a touch of soda and enjoy a light, zesty and refreshing cocktail.

Volstead Bar & Speakeasy Dressler


Prosecco, Elderflower Liqueur, Lime Juice
An elegant cocktail with a touch of Elderflower liqueur and fresh lime juice. This was a popular drink at the now defunct Dressler restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.  The Dressler closed shortly after the owner was reported missing and his body was later found in what investigators believe was a suicide. Although, not all the details of his disappearance and death are clear, his coveted cocktail lives on.

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Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s No.1, Cucumber, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Ginger Beer
Originating in an oyster bar on Poultry Street in the city of London, the legendary Pimm’s ‘House Cup’ flavored with liqueurs and fruit extracts was created by James Pimm in 1840. The pilgrimage of this flavorful blend continued to another of his establishments called The Old Bailey, which is where he eventually crafted what’s known today as “Pimm’s No. 1 Cup.” The drink embedded itself across the British Empire with the first official Pimm’s Bar opening at the world-famous Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1971.

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Volstead Sidecar

Grand Marnier, Courvoisier cognac, lemon juice
Hazy in origin like most classic cocktails, the most popular story involves a World War I American Army captain and his motorcycle sidecar which was used to transport him to and from the bistro where he commonly ingested this famed beverage.



Volstead Bar Sandusky Ohio Aviation Cocktail


Plymouth Gin, Luxardo, Lemon Juice, Crème De Violette
Once regarded as the prince of cocktails, the scarcity of maraschino liqueur nearly sent the drink into beverage oblivion. The name of this poignant Depression-era cocktail is supposedly linked to air travel of the time, a risky venture not for the faint of heart.

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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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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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French 75

Absinthe rinse, London Dry Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Champagne
The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris-later Harry’s New York Bar-by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a “75 Cocktail”, or “Soixante Quinze” in French.

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Watershed Gin, Dry Vermouth, Cocktail Onion
While the original 1908 recipe from William Boothby’s book The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them called for an olive, most concoctions after 1922 inserted a cocktail onion. Although it’s true time may have changed this libation slightly, all barmen agree on one thing-absolutely no bitters.

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Bluecoat American Gin and Roses Lime Juice
While theories or origin vary for this classic cocktail, the most storied version involves British Royal Navy Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette KCB, who allegedly introduced the drink to his messmates as a means to take lime juice as an anti-scurvy medication.

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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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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.”

Volstead Bar Negroni Cocktail


Beefeater Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Campari
Mistakingly created by Florence, Italy native Count Camillo Negroni in 1919, the cocktail came about when he asked his bartender to strengthen his familiar drink, the Americano. Orson Welles once famously said, “The bitters are good for your liver. The gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”

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New Orleans Fizz

London Dry Gin, Cream, Orange Flower Water, Simple Syrup, Powdered Sugar, Organic Egg White, Lemon Juice, Soda Water
Hard to find outside of New Orleans, this cocktail, also called a Ramos Gin Fizz, was created by Henry C. Ramos in 1888. Former Louisiana Governor Huey Long coveted this drink so much, he used to have his barman accompany him on trips to New York.

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Salty Dog

See Greyhound replace with gin, be Hemingway

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Singapore Sling

London Dry Gin, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters, Soda Water
Created at Raffles Hotel in Singapore by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon. Visit the hotel today, and you see the safe in which Ngiam locked away his recipe books, as well as the Sling recipe hastily jotted down on a bar chit in 1936 by a hotel visitor who had asked a waiter for it.

Volstead Bar Vesper Martini


Gordon’s Gin, Tito’s Vodka, Lillet Blanc
Created by Ian Fleming’s timeless character James Bond, this cocktail first appeared in the book Casino Royale and later appears in the 2006 movie. Vesper Lynd, 007’s love interest, cheekily inquires about the moniker “because of the bitter aftertaste?” To which James replies “because once you’ve tasted it, you won’t drink anything else.”



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Jose Tradicional Gold, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Organic Agave Nectar
this classic cocktail is said to have been originally called the “Daisy,” an American drink made with brandy which became popular during Prohibition when people drifted over the border for alcohol.

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Herradura Reposado Tequila, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Soda Water, Pinch of Salt
Commonly confused as a Margarita, the Paloma is Mexico’s real drink of choice. Spanish for ‘dove,’ reports claim that the cocktail was created in a little cantina called La Capilla in the town of Tequila.

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Violette’s Party

Don Julio Reposado, Creme De Violette, Lime Juice
Thanks to the revival of Creme De Violette, this creation came straight down from Mexican Heaven and puts a floral note on reposado tequila, a rarity in the drink making racket.



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Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters
A 1907 article from the New York Sun states it best. “After drinking one, surviving experimenters declare, the horizon takes on a roseate hue, the second brings Wall street to the front and center proffering to you a quantity of glistening lamb shearings; when you’ve put away the third, the green grass grows up all around, birds sing in the fig trees and your affinity appears.”

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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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Glenfiddich, Almond Liqueur
Although not an airtight origin, many claim the drink was a favorite of popular American actor Marlin Brando, who played the cotton-mouthed character in Mario Puzo’s adaptation of The Godfather.

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Rob Roy

Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, Angostura Bitters
Another creation that came about in NYC’s Waldorf Astoria, the drink was named in honor of the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta by composer Reginald De Oven and lyricist Harry B. Smith loosely based on Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor.

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Rusty Nail

Johnnie Walker Red, Drambuie®
A favorite of the renowned Rat Pack, the cocktail is often credited to the Manhattan-based 21 club sometime in the early 1960’s. Before today’s moniker caught on, it shared other titles such as the “Mig-21” and “Knucklehead.”



Volstead Bar & Speakeasy Caipirinha


Brazilian Style
Cachaça, Lime, Granulated Sugar
Puerto Rican Style
Don Q Rum, Lime, Granulated Sugar
A national cocktail of Brazil, the original base mixture was used in Sao Paulo apothecaries to aid victims of the Spanish Flu. Eventually, the garlic and honey were removed, replaced with sugar, ice and more rum—the modern day Caipirinha.

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Light Rum, Lime Juice, Granulated Sugar
Ernest Hemingway loved to write, loved cats, and really loved his drink. Preferably a specific type of rum daiquiri. Known for his curious disdain of the human race in general, he’s quoted for saying “I drink to make other people interesting.

Volstead Bar Dark n' Stormy Cocktail

Dark ‘n Stormy

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, Ginger Beer, Lime
Bermuda’s most beloved drink right next to the Rum Swizzle get it’s origins from sailors in the British Royal Navy. In an effort to ween sailors off of heavy rum, ginger beer was introduced. Needless to say, it didn’t work.

Volstead Bar Painkiller Cocktail


Pusser’s Rum, Pineapple Juice, Cream of Coconut, Orange Juice
As any sailor whose ventured through the West Indies can attest, Charles Tobias and Daphne Henderson of the Soggy Dollar Bar perfected this rum-based cocktail. The creation of a flippant bet between a bartender and a boater on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the BVI’s, the infamous Pusser’s Painkiller does exactly what it decrees.



Volstead Bar French 75 Cocktail

French 76

Absinthe Rinse, Vodka, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Champagne
A Later ancestor of the classic French 75. the french 76 gained popularity in Hemingway’s bar at the ritz hotel in Paris with hollywood types. simply replace the gin with vodka.

Volstead Bar & Speakeasy Greyhound


Vodka, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Salted Rim
Journalist and novelist Hunter S. Thompson’s daily morning starter. The Greyhound was Thompson’s idea of consuming “healthy” from a tip he heard from boxer Muhammed Ali. Ali told him to consume grapefruit regularly. Call it insane or genius, Hunter just added booze.

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Harvey Wallbanger

Vodka, Orange Juice, Galliano Liqueur
Reported to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato ‘Duke’ Antone. legend has it that the drink was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer who was a regular patron of Duke’s ‘Blackwatch’ Bar on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood during the early 1950s.

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Moscow Mule

Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime
Jack Morgan, President of Cock N’ Bull products (The first producer of ginger beer), eloquently described the day of creation with his 3 friends. “We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius.”

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Volstead Bloody

Bartender’s Creation
Unclear in origin, the Bloody Mary is often referred to as the “world’s most complex cocktail” and most likely refers to Queen Mary I of England.