|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 26mg||128%|
|*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.|
The Ward Eight is a classic whiskey sour with a hint of grenadine, which adds a touch of sweetness. As the story goes, the Ward Eight was invented in 1898 at Boston's Locke-Ober restaurant and named for the city's 8th political district. Bartender Tom Hussion created it when his boss, Martin Lomasney ran for election.
The Locke-Ober closed in 2012, and it seems the official recipe is difficult to find. So now there are countless variations. The essentials, however, are usually the same: whiskey, citrus, and grenadine.
You can serve 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 cocktail offers a little of every taste sensation in a single drink that is sure to please.
"The Ward Eight cocktail is a great whiskey concoction. This recipe is a good standard to hold the cocktail to and also a starting point to refine your palate with subtle adjustments. Begin with this cocktail, and play with the measurements to find your ultimate Ward Eight." —Sean Johnson
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, add the whiskey, lemon and orange juices, and grenadine. Fill with ice.
Garnish with a cherry and orange slice. Serve and enjoy.
Rye whiskey will add a nice robust quality to the drink. This was likely the original whiskey of choice, though many drinkers prefer to pour a bourbon.
- Use as little as 1/2 ounce each of lemon and orange juices.
- Some drinkers also prefer to cut the orange juice in half, letting 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 tasting with seltzer or club soda and avoid any sodas that are sweetened.
- Adding a couple of dashes of bitters is also relatively 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 a 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 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.