3/4 oz Falernum (Velvet)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz St. Germain
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Original calls for Bulleit Bourbon and Fee's Falernum.
On Tuesday night, we finally got around to having a Ninth Ward. I say finally because this drink was created for Tales of the Cocktail back in 2008, and I am embarrassed that it took me this long to mix one up. I believe it was on a list of drinks to try and the list somehow got lost in the shuffle. I was reminded of it recently when Wayne Curtis (of And a Bottle of Rum fame) wrote about it a few weeks ago. Brother Cleve created this drink to honor New Orleans' 9th ward which was one of the areas most damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, it is a variation of a Boston classic, the Ward Eight -- a drink I have both had out and made myself several times but have yet to blog about. Excerpting from an article in DrinkBoston about it, Brother Cleve described its inception as, "I wanted to create a drink for the event that would have some sort of New Orleans and Boston connection... So my idea was to take the Ward Eight, the best-known drink created in Boston, and turn it into a tropical cocktail for New Orleans." The post also goes on to describe the swapping of the Ward Eight's grenadine and lemon for falernum and lime, as well as his reasons for the addition of the St. Germain liqueur and Peychaud's Bitters (and some further colorful commentary about New Orleans and Dorchester, MA). In addition, if you would like to hear the ever charming Brother Cleve describe the drink while watching him make one, How2Heroes has a video of him doing so.