Most of the cocktails we've posted so far, excepting some Seinfeldian originals, were invented in some form before prohibition in the United States, and are considered classics by way of longevity as well as taste. While the Last Word was said to be invented in 1921, just after prohibition, the recipe did not appear in print until 1951, and the drink did not achieve widespread popularity until it was rediscovered in 2004 by Murray Stenson at the Zig Zag bar in Seattle. The Last Word, then, is considered a modern classic.
The Last Word contains equal parts of its four ingredients: London dry gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice. It is sweeter than either the Bijou or the Tailspin, and the acid of the lime juice cuts the booze a bit and makes it quite easy to drink. The Chartreuse gives the drink a lovely green colour.
What you need
- 0.75 oz. gin
- 0.75 oz. green Chartreuse
- 0.75 oz. maraschino liqueur
- 0.75 oz. lime juice
How it's made
Shake all ingredients with ice. Double-strain into a coupe glass. No garnish necessary.