The Last Word is a simple equal parts drink brought back from the pre-prohibition era to become a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.
The drink has a unique history in that it had been forgotten for years before getting rediscovered in a cocktail book from the 50’s by a bartender in Seattle. It was originally served at the Detroit Athletic club beginning in 1916 and could be enjoyed for the lofty price of 35 cents.
I think it is awesome that we can sit here in 2017 mixing the same cocktail that people were drinking in speakeasies during the prohibition.
The Last Word is a really easy drink to make with a great tart herbal flavor, and provides the perfect excuse to buy yourself Chartreuse and Maraschino Liquor for your home bar.
Chartreuse is an intensely herbal liqueur with vegetal and grassy flavors underneath. There are both Green and Yellow versions with the Green being a stronger more concentrated bottle. Chartreuse has been made by French Chartusian Monks since the 1700’s using a secret recipe with 130 different botanicals, and it can work really nicely in cocktails.
The Last word is seriously underrated and not that well known, so make a few and enlighten your friends.
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- 3/4 Oz Gin
- 3/4 Oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4 Oz Maraschino Liqueur
- 3/4 Oz Green Chartreuse
- 2 Drops Saline ((optional))
Add all the ingredients to your shaker.
Add ice and shake for 12 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Double strain if you don’t like little ice chips.
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What does the last word taste like?
It has a unique and bold combination of tart citrus, herbal grassy flavors and gin.
What is Green Chartreuse?
So then what is yellow chartreuse?
Using Maraschino Liqueur in cocktails
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Adjusting the Last Word recipe a bit
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Last Word Cocktail Recipe
- 1 oz Gin
- 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
- 3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1/4 oz 1:1 Cane Sugar Simple Syrup
- Add all the ingredients to your shaker.
- Add ice and shake for 12 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Double strain if you don't like little ice chips.
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