If ever there was cocktail with interesting history it has to be Ward Eight. The drink was named after Martin Lomasney a teetotaler who ran for the Massachusetts Senate in 1898 and a group of his friends would gather at the Locke-Ober Cafe near the State Senate house and asked the bartender to create a new drink in his honor. Bartender Tom Hussion is said to have put together whiskey lemon juice, orange juice and grenadine, naming it a Ward Eight after the old West End Boston neighborhood where Lomansney was the representative.
It turns out there is some controversy if Lomansney ran for a seat in 1898 or 1896 and when the drink first appeared. Not only didn’t Lomasney drink but he didn’t frequent the Locke-Ober Cafe, and it turns out he was part of the temperance movement that led to prohibition. Have one and enjoy!
God bless and Cheers,
2 oz of Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz grenadine
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake very hard for 20 – 30 seconds then strain into a chilled 4 – 5 oz cocktail glass.