Locke-Ober is the third oldest restaurant in Boston and the birthplace of our Drink of the Week. Supposedly invented in 1898 to honor one Martin M. Lomasney for winning the election to a seat in the state’s legislature, the cocktail is named for the city’s Ward 8 which historically supported Lomasney. Although this story is disputed by some, few can deny this is a tasty cocktail.
There is also disagreement on the exact proportions of this drink, but most folks recognize the same ingredients. You occasionally see Canadian Club used as the base spirit, but it really should be rye whiskey. You need a lemon and an orange and a bit of grenadine. We had one of these at the M & S Grill a while back and it was very nicely executed. Some prefer it on the rocks, but we like it served up. How you decide to make yours is up to you.
2 oz rye whiskey
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz orange juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
Shake it over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry (optional) and a Massachusetts state flag.
The lemon, orange and grenadine completely mask the bite of the rye. It’s not a sophisticated cocktail, but it tastes good. What else can you ask for with a recipe that dates back over a century? For some, tradition requires that you garnish the Ward 8 with a state flag. These picks are not exactly easy to come by, so if you happen to love Boston, Massachusetts and you want your cocktail to look authentic, click on the flag image below for a PDF file you can print and make a bunch of these for a party. Print them on adhesive label paper, or cut them out of regular paper, fold them over and tape them to toothpicks.