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Time for a Drink: Ward Eight

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What with the third debate, Joe the Plumber, and all the heat associated with the closing days of the election, a person could need a drink or two. If that's the case, consider this a campaign-related concoction.

The Ward Eight purportedly dates back more than a century, to a time when politics could be truly bare-knuckle. Rumored to have been created at the Locke-Ober (the second oldest restaurant in Boston) to celebrate the victory of Martin Lomasney's 1898 campaign for a seat representing Boston's Eighth Ward--a celebration that suitably took place the night before the election--the Ward Eight is a simple twist on a whiskey sour.

Wait, did I say simple? When it comes to politics, nothing is simple, and by incorporating fresh OJ and a little grenadine into the venerable sour, the Ward Eight rises above the ordinary. With more than two weeks left yet until the election, you may want to keep a pitcher of these close at hand.

About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.

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