Rob’s got a new variation on my favorite cocktail of all time: the Whiskey Sour. The whiskey sour is a super versatile cocktail base and there are some classic variations that have become their own classics.
The Ward 8 is one such off-shoot that has stood the test of time. It traces its history back to turn-of-the-century Boston, where it takes its name from one of the voting divisions of the city. Its one of those old cocktails that have a number of origin stories surrounding it. Rob loves that kind of cocktail, they are well established, but don’t necessarily have a “right/wrong” recipe.
Traditionally, the mixers for the Ward 8 are whiskey (obviously) and then a mix of lemon, orange, and grenadine. Grenadine if you aren’t familiar is basically a flavored simple syrup. Its really sweet and gives a bit of a pink color to whatever you mix it in.
Knowing my tastes well, Rob skipped the grenadine and instead used muddled blackberry. This gives a darker starting color and a nice tart twist to the cocktail that really offsets the citrus.
Blackberry Ward 8
- 4 Oz Bourbon
- 3 Oz Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Oz Orange Juice
- 3/4 Cup Blackberries
- 1/2 Tsp Sugar
- Muddle the blackberries and sugar together in a cocktail shaker.
- Add the liquids
- Top with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled rocks glass with fresh ice.