The Last Word was one of the first pre-Prohibition drinks to lead the cocktail revival of the early aughts. Murray Stenson of Seattle’s Zig Zag unearthed the equal-parts classic—gin, maraschino liqueur, Chartreuse and lime juice—in Ted Saucier’s 1962 book, “Bottoms Up.” Before long, the Last Word was a staple in cocktail bars across the country, revered for its heady balance of sweet, sour and herbal flavors. Whether you hew to the original recipe or stake out your own variation (mezcal can be a worthy substitute for gin), one thing is certain: The Last Word will leave you, um, speechless.
- 3/4 ounce gin
- 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
- 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.