Ward Eight #2
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Ward Eight #2
Cocktail recipe

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4.2 / 5
The Ward Eight cocktail is a classic American drink that harks back to the late 19th century, believed to have originated in Boston, Massachusetts. This distinguished cocktail combines the boldness ... more The Ward Eight cocktail is a classic American drink that harks back to the late 19th century, believed to have originated in Boston, Massachusetts. This distinguished cocktail combines the boldness of rye whiskey with the freshness of lemon and orange juice, balanced with a hint of sweetness from sugar syrup and a splash of grenadine for color and a slight fruity undertone. Served in a cocktail glass, the Ward Eight presents a harmonious blend of citrus and whiskey flavors, making it a favored choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and complexity. Its rich history and unique flavor profile make the Ward Eight a must-try classic cocktail for enthusiasts seeking to explore traditional American mixology.
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Rye Whiskey
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20.17% | 2.4 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Ward Eight #2 triumphantly blends the spiciness of rye whiskey with the tangy freshness of lemon and orange juices, creating a well-rounded and robust flavor profile. This concoction is smartly sweetened with a touch of sugar syrup and grenadine, which not only adds a beautiful hue but also a subtle fruity depth, making it an exemplary choice for those who appreciate a classic cocktail with a complex character.

Method
How to make a Ward Eight #2

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by adding all the cocktail ingredients into a shaker with ice
Make sure to shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds, or until you notice the outside of the shaker has become frosted
Once shaken, carry out a fine strain of the mix to ensure no ice shards or bits end up in your cocktail, pouring it into a pre-chilled glass
This preparation ensures your drink is perfectly smooth and chilled, enhancing the overall flavor and experience
Enjoy your neatly crafted cocktail!

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Ward Eight cocktail?

The Ward Eight is believed to have originated in Boston, Massachusetts, around the late 19th or early 20th century. It was purportedly created to celebrate the election victory of a local political figure. The 'Ward Eight' name refers to a voting district in the city.

ORIGINS_HISTORY

How does the Ward Eight #2 differ from the original Ward Eight?

The Ward Eight #2 is a variation of the original Ward Eight cocktail, maintaining the core ingredients but adjusting the proportions and possibly adding or modifying components. The original often includes whisky, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine, similar to Ward Eight #2, but different versions might play with the ratios or types of each ingredient for distinct flavor profiles.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of whisky in the Ward Eight #2?

Yes, you can substitute another type of whisky in the Ward Eight #2, although rye whiskey is traditional for its spicy and fruity characteristics that balance well with the citrus and sweet flavors. Bourbon is a common substitute that can bring a sweeter and fuller flavor to the drink.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve the Ward Eight #2?

The Ward Eight #2 is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. Since it's specified to be cold but not shaken or stirred, mixing the ingredients well over ice and then straining into the glass is recommended to achieve the right temperature and dilution without aerating the mixture as shaking would.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Ward Eight #2 to my taste?

To adjust the sweetness of the Ward Eight #2, you can vary the amount of sugar syrup and grenadine according to your taste. Increasing the sugar syrup will make the drink sweeter, while reducing it will lessen the sweetness. If you find the grenadine too dominant, you can also reduce its quantity. Remember, altering the ingredients will also slightly adjust the overall alcohol content and volume of the drink.

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