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.