I'm going to give you the recipe for the perfect Ward Eight. A Ward Eight is another variation on a Whiskey Sour, more or less. I futzed with the recipe a little bit, and this one that I made is wicked good.
2 oz. rye whiskey
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. blood orange juice
scant teaspoon grenadine (if you're using homemade grenadine, bump up to a 1/2 oz.)
dash of orange bitters
dash Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients save for the Angostura bitters with crushed ice and pour, ice and all, into a double Old Fashioned glass. Add a dash of Angostura as a sort of float on top of the ice, and let it seep down.
You can also pour it as a cooler in the summertime...strain the cocktail into a Collins glass half full of crushed ice and top up with club soda or seltzer.
The drink was so named because (once again referring to Wondrich),
they say this old smoothie was inaugurated at Boston's ancient Locke-Ober restaurant, at the victory party (the night before the election, naturally) for Martin "The Mahatma" Lomasney, running for something or other from Boston's Ward Eight -- then located, as a reader informs us, "in the old West End...between Beacon Hill and the North End." We'd like to know how many Ward Eights they're pouring these days on Lomasney Way (yep -- they named a street after him).
So now you know; and knowing is half the battle. Go Joe! Er...Martin.