Classic 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
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
213 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Cocktail
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 at Locke-Ober in Boston sometime in the year 1898 and named for the 8th ward in Boston. 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 a few variations of this recipe, though the essentials are usually the same: whiskey, sweet, sour, grenadine. Some recipes will call for sour mix (which is essentially sour citrus and simple syrup in one convenient bottle) and some will have the drink served on the rocks in a collins glass or up in a cocktail or wine glass.

A favorite bourbon for this cocktail is Woodford Reserve as it adds a subtle, smoky sweetness that pairs nicely with the sweet grenadine, but a rye whiskey will add a robust quality that is very nice and close to the original.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  2. Shake well.

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

  4. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice flag.