Friday Night Cocktails: The Last Word


It was Mint Juleps they drank in the Great Gatsby, but I often associate The Last Word cocktail with the famous book.  This may be because the color of the drink, a mysterious chartreuse, is evocate of the green light that beckons Gatsby.  Similarly, The Last Word has its origin during the Prohibition era.

It’s a strong drink, and not an inexpensive way to get drunk, but its a classic cocktail for a reason:  there is a complexity to its sour-sweet and herbaceous structure that feels perfectly balanced.  Its best feature though, is how easy the recipe is to remember – 4 ingredients in equal parts.

The Last Word

(yields one drink)

1 oz Gin

1 oz Green Chartreuse

1 oz Maraschino liqueur

1 oz lime juice

-Fill a cocktail shaker ¾ full with ice, add ingredients, shake and strain into a coupe glass.