The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

Written by Christopher Menning | August 27, 2021

The Last Word cocktail recipe

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The Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word is a delicious pre-prohibition cocktail with a heavy blend of sweet, sour and herbaceous notes. The drink was created by famous monologist, Frank Fogarty at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1915. 

Frank was practically a stand-up comedian of that era and the recipe name is a nod to his performances. Ted saucier published The Last Word recipe in his 1951 cocktail book “Bottoms Up.” However, shortly after the cocktail had fallen out of fashion and was almost forgotten about until decades later. 

It wasn’t until the early aughts at the start of the cocktail renaissance when it saw its revival. Murray Stenson gave The Last Word life once again after finding it in Saucier’s book. Then working at Seattle’s Zig Zag Cafe, He shook the drink for his patrons before it became a staple at many bars across the country.

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The Last Word Ingredients

Before long The Last Word cocktail has spread across the US, loved for its balance of sweet, sour and herbaceous flavours. 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. 

Gin: We like to opt for something like Rutte dry gin. An elegant Dutch dry that is flavoured with classic botanicals including Fennel. You want to choose a gin that stands up to the powerful taste of Chartreuse so this or a London dry gin will work. 

Green Chartreuse: The classic French herbal liqueur adds bold depth to this drink. Created by Carthusian monks since 1737, this is probably the greatest success story of when science and the church work together!

Luxardo maraschino Liqueur: A liqueur distilled from Marasca cherries. A very unique taste and not everyone’s favourite!

Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed for the best flavour. 

How to make The Last Word

  1. Prep your ingredients: Add your gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, Lime juice and 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 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: classic cocktails, Last word
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 185kcal
Cost: $6

Equipment

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!

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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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