The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

Written by Christopher Menning | July 20, 2021

The Last Word cocktail recipe

The Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word is a strange cocktail that had all but fallen out of fashion. First served around 1915 at the Detroit Athletic Club by famous monologist, Frank Fogarty. 

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

The Last Word Ingredients

The Last Word cocktail recipe  will need the following ingredients: 

  • Gin: Rutte dry is the best choice for this cocktail. 
  • Green Chartreuse: The classic French herbal liqueur adds bold depth to this drink.
  • 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

  • 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!

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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