Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The Last Word is a well-balanced elixir consisting of equal parts gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The Last Word is one of my all-time favorite Prohibition-era cocktails. This classic elixir combines an intriguing blend of spirits, fresh citrus, and herbal liqueurs to create a harmonious union of unique flavors.

For those new to the cocktail, the flavor can be very difficult to describe. The Last Word is a spirit-forward cocktail that is very mild and refreshing with a subtle sweetness. It’s citrusy and full of unique floral spices and botanicals thanks to the gin and Green Chartreuse.

The drink first made its appearance at the Detroit Athletic Club in the early 1920s but remained relatively unknown until it was rediscovered and popularized by renowned bartender Murray Stenson at the Zig Zag Café in Seattle in the early 2000s.

Last Word Ingredients

The Last Word is a well-balanced cocktail made with equal parts gin, green chartreuse (not to be confused with yellow chartreuse), maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

  • Gin: The backbone of the Last Word, gin provides a smooth and aromatic base. Its botanical notes complement the other ingredients, creating a complex flavor profile.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: Made from sour Marasca cherries, Maraschino liqueur adds a subtle sweetness and depth to the drink. It balances the gin’s dryness and contributes a touch of fruitiness. A very popular liqueur thanks to the Aviation.
  • Green Chartreuse: This herbal liqueur, crafted by Carthusian monks since the 18th century, imparts a vibrant green color and a unique blend of botanicals. Its complex flavors, ranging from herbal and floral to slightly spicy, give the Last Word its distinct character.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: The lime juice provides a refreshing citrusy tang that brightens the cocktail and enhances the flavors. It adds a necessary touch of acidity to really round out the drink.

The Last Word’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its versatility. It is equally suited for both gin connoisseurs and those new to the world of cocktails. The drink’s complexity and balanced nature make it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts who appreciate the depth and subtleties of the cocktail.

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Last Word Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


The Last Word is a well-balanced elixir consisting of equal parts gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.


  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 Maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 Green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 fresh lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker with plenty of ice and shake for 15 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 193
  • Sugar: 36g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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