With a cocktail name like “The Last Word” you might expect some sort of consensus. Something along the lines of a proverbial foot being put down.
“Here is my recipe,” a large sounding but disembodied voice said, “this is the last word.”
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|Gin||3/4 oz.||3/4 oz.||1/2 oz.||1 oz.|
|Fresh Lime Juice||3/4 oz.||3/4 oz.||1/2 oz.||1 oz.|
|Chartreuse||3/4 oz. (green)||3/4 oz. (green)||1/2 oz. (green)||1 oz.|
|Maraschino||3/4 oz.||3/4 oz.||1/2 oz.||1 oz.|
The first word on this delightful prohibition era cocktail goes back to the Detroit Athletic Club. Cocktail historians might have thought that the cocktail had its “last word” as it fell out of favor and was merely a historical footnote until a Seattle area bartender brought it back in the late 2000′s.
The cocktail is shaken with ice, and then served straight up.
The chartreuse is mentioned very specifically as green chartreuse in three of the recipes. So don’t wimp out and go yellow on this one. This is a cocktail that highlights the earthy herbal notes in the chartreuse. Hints of sweetness come from the lime and maraschino.
Recommendations: I’d recommend pairing this drink with a stronger gin, and due to the citrus and herbal components you can’t go wrong. You could take a very citrusy gin such as Bluecoat or Breucklen, or go the herbal route with something like Tru2 or Gabriel Boudier’s Saffron gin. This cocktail is surprisingly versatile when it comes to gin substitutions.
But as for other variations? You’re on your own. There’s only one word 1:1:1:1.