Can you suggest a dry whiskey cocktail from the Prohibition era that isn't common?

Cocktail Colin says:

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I have found a cocktail that matches your criteria. It is a cocktail called "Ward 8". This cocktail has a high rating of 4.9/5 and is a unique choice that dates back to the prohibition era. It features a combination of ingredients including orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and rye whiskey, making it a dry whiskey cocktail with a historical significance.
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Prohibition era

You asked: Dry whiskey cocktail from the Prohibition era. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Ward 8

The Ward 8 is a cocktail said to have originated in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts at the bar of the...

Orange juice (15ml), Lemon Juice (15ml), Grenadine (1 teaspoon), Rye Whiskey (60ml)

4 ingredients
4.9 / 5

Winter Whisky Sour

The Winter Whisky Sour is a seasonal twist on the classic Whisky Sour cocktail, embracing the citrus notes of orange...

Orange juice (15ml), Lemon Juice (15ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Bourbon (60ml)

4 ingredients
4.8 / 5

Bourbon Highball

The Bourbon Highball is a classic cocktail that packs a punch with its simple yet refreshing combination of whiskey and...

Whiskey (30ml), Ginger Ale (Top up)

2 ingredients
3.98 / 5

Agent Orange #3

The Agent Orange #3 is a vibrant and complex cocktail that perfectly balances sweet and sour flavors. It is inspired...

Orange juice (150ml), Melon liqueur (15ml), Dark rum (15ml), Grenadine (7.5ml), Whiskey (15ml), Vodka (15ml), Apple Juice (15ml), Gin (15ml), Bourbon (15ml)

9 ingredients
3.96 / 5

Whiskey Daisy

The Whiskey Daisy is a classic cocktail with a refreshing and citrus-forward flavor profile. It expertly combines the warmth and...

Orange liqueur (15ml), Lemon Juice (30ml), Whiskey (60ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml)

4 ingredients
3.93 / 5

Whisky lemonade

The Whisky Lemonade is a refreshing cocktail that blends the warmth of whisky with the bright acidity of lemon juice,...

Lemon Juice (45ml), Whiskey (30ml), Honey liqueur (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.71 / 5

Final Ward

This adaptation of the Last Word cocktail replaces the gin with rye whisky and switches up the citrus from lime...

Lemon Juice (22.5ml), Green Chartreuse (22.5ml), Rye Whiskey (22.5ml), Maraschino cherry liqueur (22.5ml)

4 ingredients
3.65 / 5

The Wright stuff

A friend and I created this drink about 35 years ago. We used to drink it in the mornings from...

Orange juice (120ml), Lemon-Lime soda (120ml), Spiced rum (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.63 / 5

Whisky Orange

Whisky Orange is a delicious and versatile cocktail that combines the bold and smooth flavor of whiskey with the sweetness...

Sambuca (7.5ml), Orange juice (15ml), Whiskey (45ml), Sugar (Teaspoon)

4 ingredients
3.63 / 5

Warszawa punisher

This was a taster in ice cream bar in Torun, Poland. I think it was composed by bartender Lucasz Iran...

Whiskey (40ml), Lime (Three quarters), Sugar (3 teaspoons), Angostura Bitters (Teaspoon), Passion fruit Puree (40ml)

5 ingredients
3.55 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What makes a whiskey cocktail 'dry'?

A dry whiskey cocktail typically has little to no sugar or sweetening agents, emphasizing the bitter and complex flavors of the whiskey.

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What historical significance does the Prohibition era have on cocktails?

During the Prohibition era in the United States (1920-1933), the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages were banned, leading to the creation of many unique and clandestine cocktails.

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What is a common ingredient in Prohibition-era cocktails?

Common ingredients in Prohibition-era cocktails included strong spirits like rye whiskey and gin, as well as mixers that could mask the flavor of subpar alcohol.

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How can I make a traditional Ward 8 cocktail?

To make a Ward 8, combine rye whiskey, orange juice, lemon juice, and a touch of grenadine. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass.

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Are there modern twists on Prohibition-era cocktails?

Yes, many bartenders today create modern twists on Prohibition-era cocktails by incorporating new ingredients and techniques while retaining the spirit of the original recipes.

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