If you prefer rye to bourbon for your American whiskey, we've got a classic cocktail for you.
The Ward 8 is a pre-prohibition cocktail, originating in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1898. Democrat Martin M. Lomasney captured a seat in the state legislature by winning the city’s eighth ward, and the cocktail was created in his honour. Variations of the cocktail abound, using rye, bourbon, lime juice, no juice, even scotch. Our variation uses rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice and grenadine.
The Ward 8 is a citrusy and sweet cocktail, with the sour fruit juices balanced by the sweetness of pomegranate. If you enjoyed our Brown Derby, you're going to enjoy the Ward 8.
What you need
- 2 oz. rye whiskey
- 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp. grenadine
How it's made
Shake the rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine with ice, then strain into a coupe. We don’t garnish our Ward 8, but if you want to stay true to the original, decorate the drink with a small paper Massachusetts flag.
Sure, you can buy grenadine (just stay away from the grocery store variety; it's full of high-fructose corn syrup). Make your own with equal parts sugar and pomegranate juice by volume; add the sugar to the boiling juice and let simmer briefly before chilling.