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
Ratings (5)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
213 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
(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.

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.


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.