Mar 14, 2014

Last Word

For the gin-lover who’s looking for a change from a gimlet or Corpse Reviver No. 2.

A bright and perfectly balanced drink — sweet, tart, herbal, and refreshing — for the gin-lover who’s looking for a change from a gimlet or Corpse Reviver No. 2.

History tells us that Last Word was created at the Detroit Athletic Club around 1921. It dropped out of sight until 1951 when it appeared in Ted Saucier's classic cocktail book Bottoms Up!. Making another comeback in 2004, bartender Murray Stenson pulled it from the pages of Bottoms Up! and placed it on his menu at the Zig Zag Club in Seattle. It's been growing in popularity ever since.

The beauty of this cocktail lies in its simplicity. Equal parts of 4 ingredients, each with distinct flavor. It's remarkable how beautifully they blend together.

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Last Word
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. Maraschino
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
Maraschino cherries

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cherry.


tagged cocktails, gin, pre-prohibition, chartreuse, marachino, taste