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Ward Eight Cocktail Recipe

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Ward Eight Cocktail on the rocks

Ward Eight Cocktail on the rocks

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The Ward Eight is a classic whiskey sour with a hint of grenadine, which adds a touch of sweetness. It's assumed that the Ward Eight was created at Locke-Ober in Boston sometime in the year 1898 and named for the 8th ward in Boston. There are a few more stories that differ in who, when, and where, but one thing is agreed upon: it was created around the turn of the 20th Century in Boston.

There are a few variations of this recipe, though the essentials are usually the same: whiskey, sweet, sour, grenadine. Some recipes will call for sour mix (which is essentially sour citrus and simple syrup in one convenient bottle) and some will have the drink served on the rocks in a collins glass or up in a cocktail or wine glass.

One of my favorite bourbons for this cocktail is Woodford Reserve as it adds a subtle, smoky sweetness that pairs nicely with the sweet grenadine, but a rye whiskey, especially those newly available in the 2010's, will add a robust quality that is very nice and close to the original.

View video: How to Make a Ward Eight.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a collins glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice flag.
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, Member Sogetzu

I tought that a red wine glass filled with ice was used to make this cocktail instead of the collins glass.

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