Ward Eight Recipe

Orange juice and grenadine elevate this cocktail beyond a simple whiskey sour.

Jessica Leibowitz

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.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine


  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a campaign button.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer