The Ward 8 is a classic cocktail with roots in Boston, Massachusetts, having been invented at the Locke-Ober bar in 1898… or so one story goes… According to Boston folklore, the drink was invented in honor of Democratic political czar Martin M. Lomasney, who hoped to capture a seat in the state’s legislature. After his election, the drink was created to fete the man, and to honor the city’s Ward 8, which presumably delivered Lomasney the winning margin.
As cocktails go, this libation is well-balanced, with a crisp, refreshing finish, owing to the lemon juice.
The Ward 8
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Lemon Juice
¼ oz. Orange Juice
¼ oz. Grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass then add a splash of sparkling water and enjoy. A Maraschino cherry can be used as a garnish, if so desired.