December 3: Martin Lomasney’s Birthday! (Who?)

Martin_Michael_LomasneyHey everybody, Martin Lomasney was born on this day in 1859! Who? Good question. Lomasney was a politician from Boston who served as a State Senator, State Representative, Alderman and the Democratic political boss for the city’s Ward 8.

Okay, so why are we celebrating the birth of an obscure political figure? Because Lomasney is responsible for a damn good classic cocktail. In 1898, Lomasney ran for the Massachusetts House Of Representatives and his election night party was held at the famed Boston restaurant Locke-Ober. Lomasney won the election, and to celebrate his victory the bartenders at Locke-Ober created a cocktail named after Lomasney’s political district, Ward 8. It’s kind of like a rye version of the Tequila Sunrise, but done up. Unfortunately, we don’t have the recipe as it was made that night, but we do have the Ward 8 recipe that Locke-Ober started serving after Prohibition.

Ward 8

  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with cherry and a small paper Massachusetts flag.

Tomorrow: Four of the greatest musicians of their day perform together for one night only.

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