Ward 8
/

Ward 8
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.9 / 5
The Ward 8 is a cocktail said to have originated in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts at the bar of the Gilded Age restaurant Locke-Ober. The Ward 8 is a cocktail said to have originated in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts at the bar of the Gilded Age restaurant Locke-Ober.
Check out all our FAQ's on this cocktail

Microbadges

Cocktail Of The Day
Invented
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1898
Base ingredient
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rye Whiskey
Garnish
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
25.26% | 2.4 units *
Details
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
Serves:
-
+

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Ward 8 offers a delightful clash of citrus and sweetness, tempered by the robust backbone of rye whiskey. The interplay between the tartness of the lemon, the subtle sweetness of the orange juice, and the richness of the grenadine with rye creates a complex, yet fundamentally harmonious blend, appealing to those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and history.

Method
How to make a Ward 8

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve
~ The orange juice and lemon juice should be freshly squeezed. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

Your private tasting notes

~ Register as a user to create tasting notes, save your bar and more ~

Can you make this?

Add the ingredients you have at home to your My Bar and we'll show you what cocktails you can make. Start off by adding the ingredients you have for this cocktail using the plus icons.

Comments

No comments yet…

You need to be a user with a verified email to comment on cocktails. Login / register

Featured in

  • Speakeasy Spirits: Rediscover the Allure of Prohibition Cocktails

Step back in time to the roaring 1920s, an era of jazz, flappers, and clandestine speakeasies, with our exclusive collection...

Go to collection

FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Ward 8 cocktail?

The Ward 8 is a classic cocktail that is believed to have originated in Boston in the late 19th century, specifically in 1898. It was reportedly created to celebrate the election victory of political figure Martin Lomasney to the Massachusetts State Legislature. Lomasney's power base was in Ward 8, hence the name of the cocktail. The cocktail has undergone various interpretations over the years but remains a beloved classic.

FAQ

Can I use bourbon instead of rye whiskey in a Ward 8?

Yes, you can substitute bourbon for rye whiskey in a Ward 8 cocktail. While rye whiskey is traditional and adds a spicier, grain-forward profile to the drink, bourbon will make the cocktail slightly sweeter and smoother. The choice between rye and bourbon depends on personal preference and the flavor profile you're aiming for.

FAQ

How does the grenadine affect the taste of the Ward 8?

Grenadine, a sweet red syrup made from pomegranates, plays a critical role in balancing the acidity of the orange and lemon juices in a Ward 8 cocktail. It adds a fruity sweetness that complements the sharpness of the citrus and the robustness of the rye whiskey, while also contributing to the cocktail's attractive color. The result is a well-rounded, refreshing drink with a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and strong flavors.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Is there a preferred type of orange juice to use in a Ward 8?

For the best taste, it is recommended to use freshly squeezed orange juice in a Ward 8 cocktail. Fresh juice provides a brighter, more vibrant flavor compared to store-bought orange juice, which often contains added sugars and preservatives. The fresh juice complements the other ingredients and boosts the overall freshness of the drink. If possible, select ripe, juicy oranges for squeezing.

FAQ

What is the significance of the cocktail glass for serving a Ward 8?

Serving a Ward 8 in a cocktail glass, traditionally a martini glass, is significant for both aesthetic and functional reasons. The elegant shape of the glass enhances the presentation of the drink, making it more appealing. Functionally, the stem of the cocktail glass allows the drinker to hold the glass without warming the contents, preserving the cold temperature of the shaken cocktail. This ensures that the Ward 8 can be enjoyed at its intended temperature and consistency.

Upgrade your mixology

Become a member for free taking your cocktail making skills up to level 11.

  • Save your bar forever
  • Access to our Cocktail Creator, allowing you to create your own wonderful concoctions.
  • Save cocktails to personalised 'Tried' and 'Want to try' lists
  • Create and record tasting notes on cocktails
  • Create lists of cocktails to share with friends and family
  • A pesonalised MyBar URL, allowing you to share everything you can make with friends
  • And much more ... (what to buy next, measurement choices, search personalisation...)
Register now

Have you tried our Wordpress Plugin?

Download our plugin and embed cocktail recipes directly onto your own site or blog.

Choose from our whole recipe database, or choose a specific cocktail made with a certain ingredient, and let us place a beautiful recipe on your own site.

Find out more
build your bar

Create a cocktail

Choose a theme and some ingredients, give us some description and we'll create an amazing cocktail for you.

Register as a Premium Make Me A Cocktail community member and get access to an even more powerful creator.

Start creating

Build your bar

Tell us what you have at home and we’ll find a delicious cocktail for you to make right now.

Register as a Make Me A Cocktail community member and we’ll save your ingredients list so you can come back to it at any time.

Create My Bar
build your bar