Friday, January 24, 2014

Cocktail du jour: Ward Eight

Note to self: Do not give up drinking in the month of January. Ever again. January is the most miserable and depressing month and the lack of booze is not doing anything for my opinion of it.

Also not helping is Mr. C&G shaking up a storm night after night as he works through the recipes in his book How's Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well by Eric Felten. How's my drink? Not nearly as good as his, but thanks for asking.

This beautiful and brightly sunny creation is the Ward Eight, named after an old West End neighborhood in Boston and created in the late 1800s. Fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, and some delightfully pink (and very sweet) grenadine balance out the rye turning it into a very smooth and drinkable cocktail.

With the temperatures hovering in the single digits all week (and throw a negative sign in front of that as soon as the sun goes down) the Ward Eight will most certainly brighten up your evening. I wish it were brightening up mine. But cheers to the weekend, and only seven more days of this nonsense to go.

Ward Eight
2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz grenadine

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker (Boston, preferred of course) filled with ice
Shake and strain into a martini glass

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