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Blackberry Ward 8

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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.

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Traditional Ward 8 with its grenadine-pink color

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.

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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

Rob’s take on the classic Gilded Age cocktail from Boston.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: american, bar, bartender, blackberry, boston, Bourbon, Cocktail, cocktails, drink, home bar, mixed drink, mixology, whiskey, whiskey sour
Servings: 2 Cocktails


  • 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.

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