Weekend Happy Hour: The Ward 503

Cocktails are like little liquid time capsels, capturing the sentiment of the moment, and showcasing the happenings of the time of their creation. The famous Ward 8, is filled with tales of corruption, sneaky dealings, and of course whiskey. When Eastside Distilling set out to put their own spin on the iconic libation, the Ward 503 was born. Grab some bourbon, some classic garnishes, and enjoy a Pacific Northwest nod to a Boston classic.


What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz Burnside Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Orange juice
  • 2 tsp Grenadine


Top with cherries to taste!

“The Ward 8 or Ward Eight is a cocktail originating in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts at the bar of the Gilded Age restaurant Locke-Ober.[1]In 1898 Democratic political czar Martin M. Lomasney hoped to capture a seat in the state’s legislature, the General Court of Massachusetts. Lomasney held considerable power in the city for nearly 50 years. The story goes that the drink was created to honor his election, and the city’s Ward 8 which historically delivered him a winning margin.[2] In 1915 the Santa Clara Company registered “Ward 8” as a trademark with the United States Patent Office claiming use since November 1912 [3] and published a notice that they would prosecute any infringement.[4] During prohibition the Daily Boston Globe reported that the drink was believed to have originated at the “old” and abandoned Quincy House.[5] Competing, but unfounded myths abound in print and on the Internet. One story reports that it originated in New York in an area known for political corruption, another that the cocktail is a traditional drink of the Scots Guards.”

                             ~ Wikipedia


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