What’s better than getting naked and making cocktails?

by Justin D'Olier on April 12, 2011 | (2) Comments |

I fully intended to have a glass of wine tonight.

I walked downstairs, opened the fridge, and pulled out a chilled magnum of Cavit Pinot Grigio, Costco’s finest hobo table wine. But, as I reached for a 10 ounce red plastic Elmo sippy cup – I’m going to handwash a Riedel glass for a splash of Cavit? Wino, please. – I was overcome with inspiration. I needed something more.

I needed a cocktail.

So I pulled out one of my favorite historical cocktail books, “How’s Your Drink” by Eric Felten, and stumbled across the Ward Eight, an intriguing blend of rye, lime juice, orange juice, and grenadine.

Generally speaking, vintage cocktails are like late night Cinemax: an enticing premise leading to inevitable frustration. Just when the clothes start to come off… BAM! You realize you don’t have Chartreuse. Party over.

But I had rye. I had fresh organic limes. I had a bag of oranges. And I had a brand new bottle of real pomegranate grenadine. Screw Cineamax. It was naked time.

Ward Eight

I will neither confirm, nor deny whether I am completely naked while taking this photo

The clothes came off, the shaker came out, and in five beautiful minutes (don’t judge, I was really excited) I had a new unbelievable beverage. The ingredients blend seamlessly. The lime juice cuts through the sweetness of the OJ and the grenadine. The semi-tart, semi-sweet citrus mixture softens and accentuates the bold, spicy flavor of the rye.

The drink is strong enough for a man, but PH balanced for a woman. An excellent cocktail whether enjoyed with or without clothes.

[Author’s Note: Mea culpa. In my heightened state of arousal, I misread the recipe, which calls for lemon juice, not lime juice. I think that lemon, a classic rye pairing, might give the drink a little more body and balance, but it was darn tasty even with the wrong citrus.]

Ward Eight

2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Orange juice
1/2 oz. real pomegranite grenadine (Rose’s grenadine is for chumps. You aren’t a chump, are you?)

Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake (or stir), and strain into a cocktail glass. Strip naked (like you need an excuse) and enjoy a satisfying end to your day.

2 responses to “What’s better than getting naked and making cocktails?”

  1. Kyle says:

    very nice. love that drink. i’m gonna pitch it to 939 and femme nu as their signature cocktail and use this as proof it works with nudity. hope thats cool.

    • Ha ha. You would be my hero. Let me know if you need me to help give them any pointers or provide a demonstration, though that might not help the cause any…