The Last Word cocktail recipe

This  is an old classic cocktail, from the Prohibition era. It was texted to me by a mixologist friend who tried it in a bar. And it features green Chartreuse, so I was immediately interested.

This is a very powerful, heady combination of ingredients. Something which when I first considered it, I thought would never work. Too many big, bold flavours that would all be competing for dominance. And yet somehow they balance themselves out well.

The Last Word - an appropriate name
The Last Word – an appropriate name

You’ve still got a lot going on in the glass, and you would certainly describe it as full-on flavour, but it is great. And it is yet another use for that bottle of green Chartreuse that you struggle to find a use for as a mixologist. Perhaps.

Here goes;


  • 25 ml gin
  • 25 ml green Chartreuse
  • 25 ml Maraschino liqueur
  • 25 ml lime juice

Shake it all with ice and serve. I’ve tended to serve it in a coupette to make it look different, and I’ve also tried shaking it with egg white, to give it a silkier mouth-feel. Not sure it necessarily improves the cocktail and the lime juice makes it separate a little but it’s worth a try.

This is one of my top 10 cocktails. I can’t recommend it any more highly than that.



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