Alright, so lately I’ve gotten in the habit of trying to improve drinks that I don’t like. That’s where this cocktail comes from.
There’s an existing drink called the Ward 8, made from whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine. I’ve got some problems with this. Namely, I think orange juice has a very weak flavor, and thins out cocktails more than it enhances them, and grenadine is one step away from sugary cough syrup.
Well, since grenadine used to be made from pomegranates, I took it upon myself to make a blood orange/pomegranate simple syrup. The blood orange is a bit more tart, and mixes well with the pomegranate juice. Using that as the sweetener, I went with bourbon and lemon juice, as well as egg white, to make a nice layer of foam on top of the drink. I decided to call this cocktail the Ninth Ward, since it’s like it’s one step above the Ward 8. Plus it shares a name with the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the cocktail capital of the USA, and by extension, the world.
Since there’s a white layer of foam from the egg white, I spelled out “9th” in grenadine drops on the surface. I also garnished with a cherry, the traditional Whiskey Sour garnish, on the rim. You have to put it on the rim, since otherwise it’ll sink into the drink, or mess up you “9th”.
Apparently, some other dude made a drink called the Ninth Ward for Tales of the Cocktail 2008. I looked it up. Mine is better. And makes more sense.
2 oz bourbon whiskey
1.5 oz blood orange/pomegranate syrup (3 parts blood orange juice, 1 part pomegranate juice, and 4 parts sugar, dissolved and brought to a simmer in a pot)
.75 oz lemon juice
1 egg white
Dry shake egg white and ingredients together. Add ice. Wet shake everything together. Strain into a coupe glass, making sure to let all the foam out. Using an eye dropper, write out “9th,” or any message, in grenadine on the foam. Garnish with a cherry on the rim and serve.