“Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.” – Martin Michael Lomasney.
Lomasney is well known as a powerful political boss of Boston’s Ward Eight. The Ward Eight was allegedly crafted to celebrate an election in which Lomasney won with the backing from his Ward Eight constituents.
The origins of the Ward Eight cocktail are somewhat disputed. The most popular account is that the libation was created in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Locke-Ober. But who first crafted this captivating cocktail? David Wondrich observes that the aforementioned story can be traced back to a 1951article in Holiday Magazine that named Tom Hussion at Locke-Ober to be the original crafter. Mr Wondrich also makes note of a 1936 letter to The Sun, which claimed the cocktail for bartender Charlie Carter at Lomasney’s Puritan Club in 1903, while a 1940 book returns the drink to Locke-Ober, but awards it to one Billy Kane, without a date. All three stories have elements of plausibility, but there is one undeniable truth; this is a cocktail worth celebrating.
2 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
Maraschino cherry (optional) (the Barrister has opted for a star anise garnish)
Shake the rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired.