Sunday, October 28, 2012

Classic Cocktails: The Last Word

The Last Word is a gin based cocktail that began at the Detroit Athletic Club in the 1920's.  After WWII, however, the Last Word slipped into obscurity in the cocktail universe for reasons unknown.  In the early 2000's, the drink began to make a resurgence starting in the Seattle area, and it's popularity continues to grow.

The Last Word consists of Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and Lime Juice all in equal parts.  The drink is a nice mix of sweet, sour, and pungent.  It's crisp and complex and is deceptively strong, mostly in part to the Green Chartreuse which weighs in with a 55% alcohol content.  It's a great cocktail that challenges and refreshes the pallet.  Enjoy!
Having the Last Word at the house

The Last Word 
1oz. Gin
1oz. Green Chartreuse
1oz. Maraschino Liqueur
1oz. Fresh squeezed and strained Lime Juice

Here is Robert Hess making the Last Word.

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