In 1916, The Last Word was the most expensive cocktail on the menu at the Detroit Athletic Club, clocking in at a whopping 35 cents. Equal parts gin, green chartreuse, maraschino cherry liqueur and lime juice it has a wealth of herbal qualities going for it.
I mixed the drink using Hendricks Gin which already has a complex herbal and botanical quality to it. Coupled with 110 proof Green Chartreuse which is a distillation of a secret blend of 130 herbs and spices, the flavors of citrus, fresh parsley, tarragon, anise and the smell of freshly mown grass come to mind. The Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur and lime juice round it out with a bright cherry and citrus finish.
A truly unique and complex cocktail, this one needs to be in your rotation of cocktails. If you don’t make it at home, then you need to order it next time you’re out and about.
This is how I make The Last Call.
- 1 Ounce Hendricks Gin
- 1 Ounce Green Chartreuse Liqueur
- 1 Ounce Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
- 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
-Combine all in a cocktail shaker over ice, stir (I never shake gin)
-Pour into a chilled coupe
-Garnish with a lime twist