How Green Chartreuse Helped Resurrect The Last Word

The cocktail renaissance has found mixologists dusting off bottles that once sat unused at the end of the bar. The French liqueur Green Chartreuse is one such bottle and its renewed popularity has also resurrected forgotten libations which take advantage of its complex blend of 130 herbs and spices. According to legend, The Last Word came slinking out of Detroit's speakeasies during Prohibition. Despite its century-old vintage, its mix of bitter and sweet with a botanical allure and hearty gin kick is bracingly modern and utterly delightful.

Last Word Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Chartreuse Verte Green Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

How to make the Last Word

  1. In a shaker, combine gin, fresh lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and Green Chartreuse.
  2. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with a brandied cherry or a slice of lime (optional).

For an extra touch of elegance, consider expressing the oil from a lime peel over the drink. This small step enhances the citrus aroma, elevating The Last Word to a sophisticated libation reminiscent of the roaring twenties.

Last Word Riff

Replace Maraschino liqueur with orange liqueur, and The Last Word is branded as the Written Word. Though the flavor profile goes from cherry to citrus. You can also switch up the botanical kick by using Yellow Chartreuse instead of Green Chartreuse.

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