Friday, August 8, 2008

Drink of the Week: Ward Eight

MxMo XXX is upon us and the theme is "Local Flavor." Kevin at Save the Drinkers is hosting. I am going with Option 2: "Dig up an old drink that came from your city and revive it! If you can find the original bar, that would be even more interesting." As we are currently residing just North of Boston, I thought the Ward Eight cocktail would fit the bill.

There are two stories of the Ward Eight's genesis. Both stories agree that the Ward Eight was first served by the bar at Locke-Ober restaurant in the late 1800s and the election of Martin Lomansey to represent Boston's Ward Eight played a role in its creation. There is disagreement as to whether the cocktail was used as an inducement to get Lomansey into office or was created to celebrate his election. (Regardless, he did win his seat in office.)

The presence of orange juice in the drink is also debated. Oranges would have been a luxury item in late-1800s Boston. Some recipes leave it out. I have also seen recipes that call for club soda: definitely a late (and unnecessary in my opinion) addition to the recipe. Locke-Ober is a grande dame of Boston's restaurant scene. I am definitely going to stop by to see if they still make Ward Eights (my money's on "no they don't").

Ward Eight Cocktail
Shake together in an iced shaker:
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 ounce grenadine (I used the greater amount and still needed to add a little simple syrup to my drink. My lemons were so tart!)
Strain into an iced cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry if you have one.


Kevin Kelpe said...

Great post! This drink's history is one of my favorites. I've got you in the roundup.

Sunday Cook said...

Thanks Kevin - what a fun topic. Can't wait to see the roundup.

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