Last Word

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Cocktail History

The Last Word is perhaps one of the most infamous and most adapted equal parts cocktails there is in the modern day. By most accounts, this recipe was invented pre-prohibition at the Detroit Athletic Club but was then mostly lost to time until the early 2000s, when it was re-discovered at a Seattle bar in the pages of a 1951 book. Since then, this delicious drink has known fame like few others, and contrary to its name, it was the first of many famous riffs inspired by its perfect combination of ingredients.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Tanglin Gin Black Powder Gin because it’s a well-rounded high-proof gin with bright citrus notes and a black pepper finish.

Green Chartreuse: This is a liqueur that adds its unique sweet, spicy, and smooth flavor. It has a distinctly herbal finish with notes of mint, sage, gentian, apple, and vanilla.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a cherry-flavored liqueur. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Cherry: This is the garnish. We prefer Luxardo Maraschino cherries.

Tasting Notes

The Last Word starts with light anise aromas, the taste is a refreshing mixture of tart, sweet, and spicy, and it has a pleasant herbal finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Consisting of four very different ingredients, this recipe is a perfect balancing act that “shouldn’t work yet does” according to The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book by Lou Bustamante. The Chartreuse is the star of the show, giving our Tanglin Navy Strength Gin something to compete with, while the citrus and maraschino liqueur balance in the background. We were both amazed at how delicious and complex this one was, and we understand why it has been a favorite plaything of bartenders over the last twenty years.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book by Lou Bustamante.

AuthorThe Official Downton Abbey Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Green Chartreuse
 ¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 Cherry

Method
1

Add gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Green Chartreuse
 ¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 Cherry

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Last Word

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More Modern Classic Cocktails

If you like this cocktail recipe, here are a few other modern classics we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Paper Plane: A bourbon cocktail made with Aperol, Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, lemon juice, and a lemon peel

 Mott & Mulberry: A rye cocktail made with Luxardo Amaro Abano, apple cider, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, and apple slices

 White Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Lillet Blanc, Suze, and a lemon peel

 Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

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