The Ward 8 Cocktail has a little something for everyone. It’s a little fruity, a little sweet, a little sour, and it has a bit of rye whiskey that adds a bit of a bite to it. It’s traditionally made from rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice and grenadine, with cherries for garnish. So, it’s a bit like a fruity Whiskey Sour or an Old Fashioned.
While we know what a Ward 8 Cocktail is, we don’t really know where it came from. The easiest answer is that it was created way back in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts. A Democratic politician named Martin M. Lomasney was running for election that year, trying to obtain a seat in the General Court of Massachusetts. The city’s Ward 8 provided him with just enough votes to win the election, and so the drink was created to honor the election win, and the district credited for it
Then, in 1915, the Santa Clara Company registered “Ward 8” as a trademark, stating that they’d been using it since 1912. They even went so far as to put out a notice in the newspapers warning bartenders against using the trademarked name. But, what about before the election and the trademark? That’s where things get blurry. There are several stories about how and why the drink was created. Some people say that it originated in a New York district that was well-known for its political corruption. Others say that it was originally the drink of choice for the Scots Guards.
But, since Lomasney used the drink to celebrate his victory, it makes sense to think of the drink as celebratory, don’t you think? Here’s a list of the best Ward 8 Cocktails to celebrate your next achievement, the end of the week, or even the end of the night!
This drink is brilliant in its simplicity. Even though it’s easy to make, the flavors all blend together very well, making it as easy to drink as it is to make. It’s not only refreshing, but classic and sophisticated, so you could serve this at parties, or sip one alone at the end of the day.
As stated above, a Ward 8 and a Whiskey Sour are pretty similar, but this particular sour is different. It’s got all of the fruity, sweet and sour flavors of a sour or a Ward 8, but with an unexpected addition of fruity red wine. It gives it a fun, layered look that’s as nice to look at as it is to sip on.
The Cherry Whiskey Smash made this list because it takes the ingredients typically seen in a Ward 8 or Whiskey Sour, and then takes them to the next level by adding ingredients that you wouldn’t ordinarily think to put in one of these cocktails. It combines cherry, mint, lemon, and whiskey, which creates a drink with complexity that’s delicious and easy to drink. It’s a perfect drink for ladies night, or just some simple solo indulgence!
Want to try a Ward 8, but for some reason don’t like orange juice or grenadine? Well, this is the drink for you! It calls for Grand Marnier instead of orange juice, and simple syrup instead of grenadine, but is pretty much the same concept as the Ward 8. The only real difference is that it has a slightly higher alcohol content!
This is an interesting twist on a Ward 8 or a Whiskey Sour. There’s a lot of ginger flavors, with fresh ginger and ginger syrup, and lime juice instead of lemon and orange. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and very refreshing!
The origins of the Ward 8 cocktail can be described as mysterious, (at best) but it’s flavor is no mystery. All of the drinks on this list include whiskey, citrus fruit juice and some sort of sweetener. The whiskey has a bite to it, the citrus cuts down on the bite, and the sweetener adds a little something sweet to the citrus. It’s a winning combination. Even if you’re not particularly fond of drinking straight whiskey, you’re sure to find something on this list that you’ll enjoy. So, don’t be afraid to get your whiskey drink on!