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Ward 8

Posted by Reese on 2009-04-05 @ 08:27pm

A couple of months ago I was involved in an incident involving an over-imbibing of bourbon.  I don’t think it’s really necessary to go in to all the details, but I will say that ice fishing was involved.  Since that event I’ve kinda shied away from the brown elixir.  As I’m sure you will agree, this absolutely must not continue.  So in honor of my triumphant return to the bourbon drinking ways I’ve decided to mix up Ward 8 cocktails this week.  For those of you in the know about this cocktail you may be considering protesting since the Ward 8 is traditionally made with rye.  There are, however, recipes that call for bourbon and at times it takes baby steps.

Ice Fishing Bounty

The Ward 8 cocktail originated in 1898 at the Locke-Ober bar in Boston Massachusetts.  This drink was created to honor the 8th Ward of Boston which brought Martin Lomasney the winning margin he needed to gain a seat in the state legilature.  There are mixed stories about Losmasney’s goodness, but one thing is for certain.  If a drink was created in honor of him he was certainly a memorable fellow.

Ward 8
2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Lemon Juice
Grenadine to Taste
1) Combine in an ice filled shaker
2) Shake until well chilled
3) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass