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!
- 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
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.