The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

the last wordThe Last Word is a prohibition-era cocktail that was first served at the Detroit Athletic Club to great acclaim. But following its short-lived success, it faded into obscurity for decades before making a recent resurgence in some of the better cocktail bars across the country.

On top of gin, the Last Word uses equal measures of Green Chartreuse, a 110 proof liqueur composed of 132 herbal extracts, Maraschino, a bittersweet cherry liqueur, and fresh lime juice. On paper it seems that the strong flavors of Chartreuse and Maraschino might fight for attention, resulting in the drink’s death. But fear not: it all comes together beautifully.

The Last Word

3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
3/4 ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Written by Kevin Gray


  1. Matt Robold (RumDood) · October 29, 2009

    The Last Word is one of my absolute favorite cocktails. Chartreuse and gin were just MADE to go together (though I feel the same way about Chartreuse and rum) and this drink is hard to beat on a warm day…or a cold one for that matter.

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