Super Cocktails

New York’s Manhattan versus New England’s Ward Eight – a meeting of great cocktails.

According to cocktail historian and general all-around cocktail know-it-all David Wondrich… “The Ward Eight was invented for a victory party held in honor of Martin “the Mahatma” Lomasney, the machine boss of Boston’s West End. The Manhattan was inaugurated at the Manhattan Club, a haven for wealthy New York Democrats.”



Manhattan by David Wondrich manhattan by david wondrich
2 ounces Rye whiskey
1 ounce Italian vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake the rye,* vermouth, and bitters well with cracked ice. (Some insist that a proper Manhattan must be stirred, so as to prevent “clouding” or undue fraternization between the whiskey and the vermouth; Esquire says, let ’em mingle.) Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with twist or, of course, maraschino cherry (which is subject to the same challenge re: purity as adding an olive to a martini).

“In case of emergency — you need a Manhattan and you’re passing a bar of the “Rye? Nah.” variety — Canadian Club will do; it’s got lots of rye in it.” – D. Wondrich



ward eight  - "Savoy Cocktail Book" by Harry Craddock (1930)The classic Boston cocktail – the Ward Eight – as seen in the “Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock (1930)

1 tsp. Grenadine
1/4 Orange Juice.
1/4 Lemon Juice.
1/2 Rye Whisky.

Shake all well and strain into cocktail glass.

*”You can also use Canadian Club, a ryelike concoction acceptable in cocktails. In 1934, we dubbed this one of the ten best cocktails of the year. We’re still trying to figure out why. Don’t get us wrong: the Ward Eight’s a perfectly delightful libation, dry and refreshing. But: (a) it goes back to 1898, so hardly a new up-and-comer, and (b) it’s not a drink to change your views on life, happiness, and the eternal mysteries with a single sip. Its aims are modest, its charms subtle. That is, if you make it right.” – D. Wondrich



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