|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, was running 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 have 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 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 own 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. Most likely, this was 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, 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 tasting with seltzer or club soda and avoid any sodas that are sweetened.
- Adding a couple of dashes of bitters 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.