Wednesday, December 4, 2019

final ward eight

1 1/4 oz Rye Whiskey (Old Overholt)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Maraschino (Luxardo)
1/4 oz Grenadine
1/4 oz Orange Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist (a cherry or a lemon twist or no garnish at all would work well here too).

Two Wednesdays ago, Phil Ward's Last Word riff, the Final Ward, came into my mind. My mind free associated with the name and thought about the 1898 Boston classic, Ward 8. Those two drinks share two ingredients, rye and lemon juice, and one word in the name, so why not try to mash them up?
The Final Ward Eight was the end result, and it welcomed the nose with orange oil over rye whiskey and nutty Maraschino notes. Next, a lemon and berry sip slid into rye, nutty cherry, orange juice, and Chartreuse's herbal flavors on the swallow. Overall, it was not as blaring as the Final Ward and not as basic as the Ward 8 but somewhere pleasantly in between.

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