Holiday Happy Hour: An historic drink, and lesson, with Tim Grobaty’s Ward 8

Because of its roots in political elections, I chose the Ward 8 cocktail in honor of the recently completed midterm elections.

The drink, which, in addition to rye, includes a tangy mix of lemon, orange and pomegranate, is refreshing and goes down easier than a Trump-picked candidate.

It’s loosely based on a whiskey sour, but notably without egg yolk (Tim hates eggs in his cocktails). It originated in Boston in 1898, when Democratic politician and kingmaker Martin M. Lomasney made a run for the state legislature.

When he won the election, much of the credit went to the voters of Boston’s 8th Ward for giving him the winning margin of victory.

The cocktail was invented in Boston’s Locke-Ober restaurant, which is still in business today if you want to swing by.

The Ward 8 recipe is here.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.
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