A classic Ward Eight has whiskey, lemon juice, grenadine, and orange juice, but the proportions vary. If you prefer a less-sweet libation, use just a drop or two of grenadine and eliminate simple syrup. ---
Ward Eight as made in the Latin Quarter nightclub during the 1950s.
1½ ounces rye whiskey Juice of ½ lemon 1 ounce orange juice 1 teaspoon grenadine
Shake all ingredients with cracked ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Ornament with a maraschino cherry.
Ward Eight Recipe collected in 1934 by wine columnist G. Selmer Fougner for the New York Sun:
“Juice of one lemon, one barspoon of powdered sugar, a large whiskey glass three quarters full of bourbon (dissolve the sugar in the juice and whiskey), place a rather large piece of ice in the glass, add three to four dashes of orange bitters, three dashes of crème de menthe, one-half jigger grenadine. Fill glass with either plain water or seltzer, add two half slices orange, piece of pineapple and one or two cherries. When fresh mint is available the crème de menthe is omitted and a slightly bruised sprig of mint added with the slices of orange.”
Recipe from an Old Mr. Boston advertisement in 1936.
Old Mr. Boston was a distillery founded in Boston in 1933. In 1935, the company issued an “official” bartending guide; versions of it are still being printed today.
1½ ounces Old Mr. Boston Rye Liqueur 1 ounce lemon juice ½ ounce orange juice ½ ounce grenadine
Shake and then fill with seltzer. Decorate with half slice orange, half slice lemon and a cherry.
Ward Eight Modern recipe from Drink, Boston
3 ounces Old Overholt Rye 1 ounce lemon juice ½ ounce simple syrup 4 dashes Ango orange bitters ½ ounce grenadine Top with soda water
Place mint inside over-sized vintage glass, muddle and remove. Shake rye, lemon and simple syrup in iced cocktail shaker. Strain into prepared glass filled with crushed ice. Measure grenadine, add bitters, and “sink” into center of cocktail. Top with soda water and garnish elaborately.