This Prohibition-era cocktail emerged in Detroit in the early 1920’s at an Athletic Club. From there on, the Last Word seeped into American bars and pubs at the rapid speed, even being featured in Ted Saucier’s illustrated cocktail classic book Bottom’s Up in 1951. Then, like any other trend is fated to, the Last Word also experienced a decline in the second half of the 20th century, only to come back in a big, big way in the 2000s.
The Last Word is definitely an eye-catcher with its pale green hues, and this deceptively innocent-looking pastel green drink packs a sharper punch than you would seem. Cocktail lovers would consider The Last World a refreshing palate cleanser due to its rich, somewhat pungent aroma. The Last Word is favourite of those who love a drink with a sharp strong kick to it, and citrus lovers delight in its sweet citrus hit.
The uncommon hues of The Last Word are owed to Green Charteuse, a delightful French liqueur devised by Carthusian Monks with up to one hundred and thirty different herbs. Consequently, drinkers may feel a slight medicinal undertone when drinking this cocktail for the first few times, but it somehow works to give that heady kick to the senses. Creating the perfect Last Word is a careful craft, but it is worth it to end up with a drink that is a delicious balance of gin and the sweet and sour tangs of citrus.
Here’s the recipe for the Last Word:
- 25ml Gin
- 25ml fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 25ml Maraschino Liqueur
- 25ml Green Chartreuse
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice and let sit for 5 minutes to chill, then empty the glass
- Add all the ingredients in equal amounts to a cocktail shaker
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake briskly for 10 seconds
- Strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with lime twist
- Cocktail shaker
- Lime twist for garnish