The last word cocktail is one of my favorite Prohibition-era cocktails. End of discussion 😉
The last word is a simple drink consisting of equal parts gin, green chartreuse (not to be confused with yellow chartreuse), maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice. It’s hard to describe because it’s a spirit forward cocktail, yet very mild and refreshing. It’s citrusy and full of unique floral spices thanks to the gin and green chartreuse French liqueur.
The first time I drank a last word was at Bar Tonique in New Orleans’ French Quarter (Bar Tonique is an awesome craft cocktail spot I recommend you check out if you’re in New Orleans). Like most classic cocktails, the last word is right down the middle in terms of taste. Smooth, well balanced flavors that are’t too strong or too sweet. Ever had an Aviation? 3 of the 4 ingredients are (almost) the same, in fact it has really similar characteristics.
Anyway, the drink was so good I had two of them. I was with a mixed crowd in terms of drink preferences and a few shared sips were met with a lot of “I want that next”. If you love gin (or the Aviation), this could be your next go-to cocktail. Pick of some green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur and I promise you won’t be disappointed.Print
- 3/4 ounce gin
- 3/4 Maraschino liqueur
- 3/4 Green Chartreuse
- 3/4 fresh lime juice
- Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker with plenty of ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.