Recipes from the Lab

Old School Cocktail Revival with a Twist - The Ward Eighty Eight

Originating in the late 1890's, the Ward 8 is said to have been created to celebrate the election of Martin Lomasney to Massachusetts' General Court. In particular, Boston's Eighth Ward was known for delivering Mr. Lomasney a high voting margin, which is where the cocktail's name came from.

We decided to modernize the cocktail a bit. We give you our version, the Ward Eighty Eight.

Our version keeps a lot of the original feel, but we upped the complexity a few notches.

Let's get this going!

Double Old Fashioned glass, shakerhawthorne strainer, fine mesh "double strainer1 oz./½ oz. jigger, The Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker


  • Absinthe-rinsed glass (see below for instructions)
  • Ice Ball from your Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker
  • 2 oz Rye or Bourbon (Basil Hayden's this time)
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (never from a bottle)
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • ½ oz Real Grenadine (Please do not use Rose's Grenadine or any other electric red, artificially flavored product that's loaded with preservatives - trust us,  there is a difference)
  • 2 dashes Hella Bitters - Ginger Lemon
  • Luxardo maraschino cherry (or cherries) for garnish

Absinthe-rinsed glass:

Pour ¼ oz of Absinthe (we like Absente, Absinthe Refined) in a glass and swirl to coat all sides. Pour out any remaining Absinthe.  The idea is just a coating of Absinthe on the glass wall.

Step 1:  Combine all but the cherry in a shaker with ice and shake for 25 seconds.

Step 2: Double strain over an ice ball in the Absinthe-rinsed Double Old Fashioned glass

Step 3: Garnish with one or more Luxardo cherries.

Always enjoy responsibly and try to talk with a Boston accent while you enjoy your Ward Eighty Eight.