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Ward Eight

ward eight decorated with citrus lemon in martini cocktails glass

Raise your glass and allow me to present you to the Ward Eight, a timeless cocktail that has a fascinating past and an unforgettable taste! For a long time, this stunning fruit has been satisfying palates with its ideal harmony of sweet and sour. I can assure you that this one will be enjoyable. Give yourself a moment to unwind as I pour you a glass of this classic cocktail.

Tasting Notes

The Ward Eight is a harmonious blend of sweet and tangy notes, with a refreshing citrus kick. Its smooth texture and balanced flavors make it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

Equipment and Glassware

To craft the perfect Ward Eight, you’ll need a cocktail shaker, a jigger for precise measurements, a strainer, and a classic cocktail glass.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, and grenadine to the shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

For a smoother finish, try using a high-quality rye whiskey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Don’t skip the garnish—it adds a lovely aroma to the drink.

When to Serve

The Ward Eight is versatile, perfect for both casual gatherings and elegant soirées. Serve it as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a refreshing option during cocktail hour.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Consider selecting rye whiskey from brands like Bulleit Rye or Rittenhouse Rye for your Ward Eight. As for grenadine, consider using a homemade version or opting for quality brands like Liber & Co.

See also  Planter’s Punch

Similar Cocktails

  1. Whiskey Sour: A classic blend of whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup, garnished with a cherry.
  2. New York Sour: A whiskey sour with an added layer of red wine for a sophisticated twist.
  3. Jack Rose: A delightful combination of applejack, grenadine, and lemon or lime juice, served straight up.
  4. Blood and Sand: A bold fusion of Scotch whisky, orange juice, cherry liqueur, and sweet vermouth.
  5. Clover Club: A gin-based cocktail featuring raspberry syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and a touch of sweetness.

Embark on a journey through the flavors of history with these delightful variations on classic cocktails. Each one offers a unique experience sure to tantalize your taste buds.

History

Legend has it that the Ward Eight cocktail originated in Boston around 1898, during a political campaign in the city’s Eighth Ward. Its precise origins are debated, but its enduring popularity is undeniable.

FAQs

Q: Can I use bourbon instead of rye whiskey?
A: While bourbon can be substituted, rye whiskey gives the Ward Eight its signature robust flavor.

Q: Is it okay to use bottled lemon juice?
A: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is preferred for the best flavor, but bottled juice can be used in a pinch.

Cheers to your journey into the world of cocktails with the classic Ward Eight. May each sip be filled with joy and discovery!

ward eight decorated with citrus lemon in martini cocktails glass

Ward Eight

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a Ward Eight cocktail is a simple process that requires a few ingredients and some basic equipment.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make it:

See also  Waldorf 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Instructions

    1. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
    2. Add the rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, and grenadine to the shaker.
    3. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds.
    4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
    5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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