Articles Tagged: prohibition


Cocktails by Consensus, The Last Word

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.”

  Cocktail Chronicles Cocktail Enthusiasts DrinkUP NY Juniper Inspiration 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.

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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.

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The Bees Knees

The Tom Collins is a classic standby for me when in someone’s house. Its easy to make, nearly any kitchen at any house has all of the ingredients. Its a drink I also avoid when out, because there still exists the kind of bar out there that will drown your sorrows with the dreaded yellow kool-aid better known as “sour mix.” Ugh!

So the other day reading up on my cocktails, I stumbled across the Underhill Lounge’s historical investigation of the cocktail known as “The Bees Knees.” The drink is a simple enough cocktail: replace the simple syrup in a Tom Collins with honey, shake and serve.

The honey can be rather cloying and sweet, but it lends a certain gravity to the drink. Whereas the Collins is essentially sippable, the Bees Knees tastes thicker and feels more satisfying. Its the gin drinker’s answer to “sooth your sore throat with a tea and honey.” (unless you fancy a hot gin Toddy, which in that case I’m curious to hear how well that works for you)

Another take on the Bees Knees is held by Jeffrey Morganthaler. He advocates making a simple syrup out of the honey (more Tom Collins like), but he also says that white rum makes an acceptable substitute.

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