I recently took a new job which requires travel, so I’ve been out and about a lot more than in the past few years. One stop took me to Austin, Texas, where I was introduced to the Ward 8 cocktail.
According to Wikipedia, the Ward 8 was invented in 1898 to honor a section of Boston that was key to electing a particular government official. Politics aside, it is a tasty drink.
- 2.0 ounces rye whiskey
- 0.5 ounce fresh orange juice
- 0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a cherry or two along with a small Massachusetts flag.
There are apparently a lot of variations to this. When I made it I bumped up the juices and grenadine slightly, and in the bar where I first had this drink they replaced the grenadine with cherry liqueur. I decided to go with the Wikipedia recipe and use rye, but this would be tasty with a bourbon as well.