Ward Eight Cocktail Recipe

Ward Eight Cocktail on the rocks
Just a dash of grenadine and your Whiskey Sour has transformed into a Ward Eight. David Douglas/Photodisc/Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail
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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.

One of my favorite bourbons for this cocktail is Woodford Reserve as it adds a subtle, smoky sweetness that pairs nicely with the sweet grenadine, but a rye whiskey, especially those newly available in the 2010's, will add a robust quality that is very nice and close to the original.

What You'll Need

How 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.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 213
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 14 mg
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)