Creating cocktails with strong, complex flavors can be a bit of a balancing act. Much like food pairings with wine, you have to make sure that if you plan to use strong flavors, those flavors need to stand equally on their own but also should not overpower or (especially) not be overpowered by another ingredient in the cocktail.
The classic New York Cocktail is made with a heavy hand of grenadine, which can sometimes make it a little too sweet for some tastes. By adding the grenadine directly to the ice ball, the sweetness is slowly released into the cocktail as it is enjoyed. We make the change even better by using Real Grenadine, which is made from Pomegranate juice and orange blossom water.
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.