The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The Last Word cocktail recipe

The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The Last Word is a strange cocktail that has all but fallen out of fashion. First served around 1915 at the Detroit Athletic Club by famous monologist, Frank Fogarty. Not a bartender we should note despite what other people say. 

Frank was practically a stand-up comedian of that era so the name is a nod to his performances. Now this cocktail is pre-prohibition for a few years and was popular in its time. 

Yet from the ’40s onwards it fell out of favour and was lost to void for some time. 2004 saw its revival thanks to Murray Stenson of Seattle’s Zig Zag cafe bought it back to life. 

Finding it in Ted Saucier’s 1951 cocktail book “Bottoms Up”, he started mixing the drink for his patrons and word got out about the recipe. I do love looking through old recipes but there are some incredible new cocktail books that have revitalised some of the classic recipes too. 

Before long the Last Word cocktail has spread across the US, loved for its balance of sweet, sour and herbaceousness. The drink calls for equal parts of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and fresh lime however I like to up the gin slightly cut through some of the sweetness.  

Let’s look below at how to make the Last Word cocktail.

The Last Word cocktail recipe
  1. Prep your ingredients: Add your gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, chilled water and ice to a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Shakey Shakey: Close your shaker and shaker hard for a good 10 – 12 seconds.
  3. Straining time: Using your tea strainer, double strain into a chilled coup glass. 
  4. Garnish: Squeeze a lime twist over the top for the essential oils before discarding then add a Maraschino cherry and serve!

Last Word

A prohibition era cocktail brought back to life in the turn of the 21st century. The last word cosists of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino and lime juice.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktail
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 185 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing glass
  • Jigger
  • Julep Strainer
  • Coup Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 30 ml Gin Rutte Dry
  • 20 ml Green Chartreuse Liqueur
  • 20 ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 10 ml Chilled Water

Instructions
 

  • Add your gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, chiled water and ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Close your shaker and shake hard for a good 10 - 12 seconds.
  • Using your tea strainer to catch ice shards, double strain into a chilled coup glass 
  • Squeeze a lime twist over the top for the essential oils before discarding then add a maraschino cherry and serve!
Keyword classic cocktails, Last word

The Last Word Twist

I like to use a slightly stronger gin something like Plymouth Navy Strength to cut through the sweetness of the Chartreuse. One very popular twist named the Paper Plane was invented in 2008 by NYC bartender Sam Ross. His version swaps out the gin for bourbon. 

Other variations have also included Mezcal for smokey twist. Swapping out the base spirit and leaving the rest of the ingredients as they are is they way to go. You could also look at infusing your gin with apple mint for a fresh addition. 

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