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WELCOME TO THE VOLSTEAD HOUSE

 our modern version of a 1920’s Speakeasy and Whiskey Bar.

The name “Volstead” will forever be associated with an experiment that failed: the National Prohibition Act of 1920, or better known as the 18th Amendment.  It was designed to improve health and cut crime but failed miserably.  Andrew Volstead, a Granite Falls native authored much of the legislation to enforce Prohibition, known as the Volstead Act.

 

Our Cocktails are classics from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  In the beginning, everything was simple. People used what they could find, adding new ingredients or processes as they became available. More and more people begin to work with this new trend, everyone adding their own twist or adaptation. The original product begins to get more and more complex as competitors try to outdo each other with the most extreme versions they can find. The product becomes so complex that the people buying the product yearn for something simpler. Food and drink are not immune to this arc.  We want to start a movement back to the basics, restoring these classic drinks of the past!

 

 

“Always do sober what

you said you'd do drunk.

That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

 

- Ernest Hemingway

OUR SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

CLASSICS

Some of the most famous, and most familiar cocktails in the world.

THE OLD FASHIONED

Bourbon, Sugar, Water, Bitters

Developed during the 19th Century and given its name in the 1880’s. Considered by many to be the “original Cocktail” is one of 6 basic drinks listed in “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” by David A. Embry.

 

THE AVIATION

Old Tom Gin, Lemon, Maraschino, Creme de Violette

This cocktail was created at the Hotel Wallick in NY by head bartender, Hugo Enssin. The recipe first appeared in Enssin's book, "Recipes for Mixed Drinks," published in 1916. It is called the Aviation because it reminded its creator of the color of the sky.

 

THE SAZERAC

Rye Whiskey, Peyschaud’s Bitters, Sugar, Absinthe

Developed in 1838 by Antoine Peyschaud as a brandy toddy with his family recipe bitters. By 1850 the drink was very popular, made with Sazerac French brandy and Peyschauds bitters, and became the first “branded” cocktail. By 1873 the Sazerac was being made the way we enjoy it here: With American Rye whiskey and a dash of absinthe.

 

REVIVAL

Still classics, but maybe not so famous.  At one point or another, these drinks were very popular, so we’re giving them another chance to shine.

JACK ROSE

Applejack, Lemon, House Grenadine

A very popular cocktail in the 1920’s. And mentioned in Hemingway’s classic The Sun Also Rises. The Jack Rose is one of six basic drinks in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

 

DUNHILL

Fitzgerald Gin, Amontillado Sherry, Carpano Bianco, Maraschino, Absinthe

The Dunhill appears in a few renowned cocktail books from the early 20th century. The drink was invented in London, sometime before 1925, at Hatchett’s Bar.

 

HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI

Appleton White Rum, Grapefruit, Lime, Maraschino, Sugar

Inspired by Hemingway’s request for a cocktail with half the sugar and twice the booze and the need to balance a drink with such specific requirements.

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"If literature and Painting can have their ages and eras, so then can mixology."

–David Wondrich AKA “The Oracle”