Ward Eight Cocktail

Ward Eight Cocktail on the rocks
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
213 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 213
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 12mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Ward Eight is a classic whiskey sour with a hint of grenadine, which adds a touch of sweetness. It's assumed that the Ward Eight was created in 1898 at Boston's Locke-Ober and named for the city's 8th ward. Bartender Tom Hussion supposedly devised it when his boss Martin Lomasney was running for election in the district. There are a few more stories that differ in who, when, and where, but one thing is agreed upon: it was created around the turn of the 20th Century in Boston.

There are countless variations of this recipe. It seems that over the last century, every bartender and drinker came up with their own mix by adding, subtracting, and adjusting ingredients as they saw fit. It's difficult to track down the original recipe, though the essentials are usually the same: whiskey, citrus, and grenadine. There's the option of serving the drink on the rocks in a collins glass or up in a cocktail or wine glass.

No matter how you make or serve it, the drink offers a little of every taste sensation in a single glass and it is a tantalizing mix.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the whiskey, lemon and orange juices, and grenadine.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a collins glass filled with ice.

  5. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice flag.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tip

  • Rye whiskey will add a robust quality to the drink that is very nice. Most likely, this was the original whiskey of choice, though many drinkers prefer to pour a nice bourbon like Woodford Reserve.

Recipe Variations

  • Use as little as 1/2 ounce each of lemon and orange juices.
  • Some drinkers also prefer to cut the orange juice in half, which lets the lemon take center stage.
  • Make the drink sweeter by adding 1/4 ounce or more grenadine to suit your taste.
  • You might also like to add a splash of soda water. Keep it clean with seltzer or club soda and avoid any sodas that are sweetened.
  • Adding a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters (or another aromatic brand) is also rather common.
  • One tasty variation skips the orange juice, opting for simple syrup instead. Keep the pour equal to the lemon juice. This mix is best with just a dash of grenadine or it becomes too sweet.
  • Some recipes call for sour mix. This is essentially citrus and simple syrup in one convenient bottle, so you can pour a single ingredient to replace the two.

How Strong Is a Ward Eight Cocktail?

For a cocktail of this style, the Ward Eight is surprisingly light when compared to whiskey favorites like the Manhattan and old-fashioned. On average, it will mix up to 16 percent ABV (32 proof), which is almost half the strength of those others.