The Last Word

Unveiling the Last Word Cocktail: How to Make a Delightful Classic

There’s an intriguing and satisfying gem in cocktails: the Last Word. This drink blends gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice. It’s not just a drink; it’s a delightful journey for your taste buds.

Imagine the 1920s, during Prohibition. It’s said that the Last Word was first crafted at the Detroit Athletic Club. Back then, it must have been quite the sensation. But like many classics, it faded into obscurity until rediscovered in the early 2000s. Since then, it’s been making waves in the cocktail world.

The Last Word
The Last Word

Gin is where it all starts. It brings unique botanical flavors and adds a crisp edge to the mix. Green Chartreuse is the secret ingredient. It’s a herbal liqueur with a bit of mystery, infusing the Last Word with its distinctive flavors. Maraschino Liqueur is semi-sweet with a twist.

The Last Word has a sweet and sour flavor with a bite.

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The Last Word Ingredients

The Last Word Ingredients
The Last Word Ingredients
  • Gin
  • Chartreuse
  • Luxardo
  • Lime Juice
  • Slice of Lime for Garnish – Optional

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Bar Tools

Here are awesome products to help YOU make the most incredible drinks. Impress your family and friends and be the BEST Cocktail Barista in your neighborhood.

Steel Cocktail Shaker
Steel Cocktail Shaker

Martini or cocktail, a good shake makes all the difference in the world. I have at least a dozen shakers, but one favorite. The shaker doesn’t leak; you won’t have to hit the shaker against the sink to get the top off, and the cap will measure from 1/2 to 1.5 ounces with clearly marked labels. Measure the perfect amount every time. And it is dishwasher safe!

Citrus Juicer
Citrus Juicer

Another handy bar tool is the citrus juicer. Unless you free pour and don’t measure, this citrus juicer makes measuring citrus juices like limes and lemons, a breeze. Measure the perfect amount every time.

How to make a Last Word

Combine the Gin, Chartreuse, Luxardo, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker half full of ice.

Shake the mixture vigorously for 15-20 seconds.

Pour the strained ingredients into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish with a slice of lime.

The Last Word
The Last Word

What makes the Last Word so unique? It’s easy to make, yet it feels sophisticated. It’s a classic, but it’s not stuffy. Plus, it’s open to interpretation. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and make it your own.

Substitution

I love a colorful cocktail, so I substituted the gin with Empress Gin. The purple color of the Empress Gin gives the cocktail a lilac hue. The taste does change somewhat due to the floral nature of Empress Gin.

The Last Word
The Last Word

In a world full of flashy cocktails and complicated concoctions, sometimes the classics shine the brightest. The Last Word is one such gem—a timeless drink that never fails to impress. So, why not try it next time you’re in the mood for something special? Here’s to the Last Word—a simple pleasure that never disappoints. Cheers!

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The Last Word

Unveiling the Last Word Cocktail: How to Make a Delightful Classic

There's an intriguing and satisfying gem in cocktails: the Last Word. This drink blends gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice. It's not just a drink; it's a delightful journey for your taste buds.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail, Drinks, Happy Hour
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 Ounce Gin
  • 3/4 Ounce Chartreuse
  • 3/4 Ounce Luxardo
  • 3/4 Ounce Lime Juice
  • Garnish with a slice of lime

Instructions
 

  • Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice.
  • Add the Gin, Chartreuse, Luxardo and lime juice to the shaker and shake for 10 seconds.
  • Pour the strained ingredients into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime.

Notes

Substitution:
I love a colorful cocktail, so I substituted the gin with Empress Gin. The purple color of the Empress Gin gives the cocktail a lilac hue. The taste does change somewhat due to the floral nature of Empress Gin.
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