Ward Eight

Difford's Guide
User Rating (24 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Photographed in an

UB Retro Coupe Gold 7.75oz

Garnish:

Quarter orange slice wheel & Luxardo Maraschino cherry on stick

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Straight rye whiskey (100 proof / 50% alc./vol.)
3/4 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
3/4 fl oz Orange juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 fl oz Sugar syrup (65.0°brix, 2 sugar to 1 water rich syrup)
1/6 fl oz Giffard Grenadine syrup
Loading...

Read about cocktail measures and measuring.

Buy direct from
the_whisky_exchange store logo
£ -.--

Makes a minimum of ... cocktails
Just £ -.-- per cocktail*

* This list may not include all required ingredients.
Price per cocktail is an estimate based on the cost of making one cocktail with the available ingredients shown above and does not include any postage charges.

Review:

This is a spirited, sweet and sour combination - like most politicians.

History:

Named after Ward Eight, a voting district of Boston notorious for political corruption. A 1951 Holiday Magazine article, attributes creation of the Ward Eight cocktail to a bartender named Tom Hussion, in November 1898, at Boston's fine-dining restaurant Locke-Ober Café, in honour of Martin Lomasney, who was running for election in Ward Eight. Lomasney, a teetotaller, may not have been at the dinner organised by members of the Hendricks Club of socialites but, while it's possible they toasted him in his absence, contrary to Holiday Magazine the drinks surely weren't mixed by Hussion as he apparently didn't start working at Locke-Ober until 1900.

Another Locke-Ober's bartender, named Billy Kane, may have mixed the first round of Ward Eights for Hendricks Club that night. However, not according to a bartender named Charlie Carter who, in a 1934 letter to G. Selmer Fougner published in his New York Sun "Along the Wine Trail" column, claims he created the Ward Eight to celebrate a 1903 Lomasney election victory.

I have not yet succeeded in verifying the 1951 Holiday Magazine article or the 1934 New York Sun column so I am only repeating what others have written. Frustratingly, I've also not yet been able to access a widely quoted 1907 column in the Boston Herald that claims the cocktail as "the most talked-of drink in Boston."

The cocktail features in the 1913 revised edition of The Cocktail Book - A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen and, more notably, in Robert Vermeire's 1922 Cocktails: How to Mix Them.

Ward Eight.
(Use Goblet.)
One teaspoon fine sugar; juice of half lemon; one tablespoonful Grenadine syrup; one portion rye whiskey, one lump ice. Fill glass with siphon, stir well, ornament with fruit, and serve.

The Cocktail Book - A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen, 1913

Ward Eight Cocktail
This cocktail must be well shaken. It is composed of:
1 teaspoonful of Grenadine.
1/8 gill of Orange Juice.
1/8 gill of Lemon Juice.
1/4 gill of Rye Whisky.
This cocktail originates from Boston (U.S.A.), a city divided into eight wards.

Robert Vermeire, 1922

Nutrition:

One serving of Ward Eight contains 161 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.7 standard drinks
  • 20.59% alc./vol. (41.18° proof)
  • 24.2 grams of pure alcohol
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in green above. Values stated for alcohol and calorie content, and number of drinks an ingredient makes should be considered approximate.

Join the Discussion


... comment(s) for Ward Eight

You must log in to your account to make a comment.

Report comment

You must be logged in to upvote or downvote a comment

Click here to login
Buy direct from
the_whisky_exchange store logo
£ -.--

Makes a minimum of ... cocktails
Just £ -.-- per cocktail*

* This list may not include all required ingredients.
Price per cocktail is an estimate based on the cost of making one cocktail with the available ingredients shown above and does not include any postage charges.
Buy direct from
Difford's Guide
Easy Jigger
Easy Jigger
£10.02 £10.02 exc VAT

You must be logged in to submit a rating

Click here to login