Last Word Cocktail Drink

Last Word

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you’re wondering how to make a Last Word Cocktail, this recipe covers you. Combine the cocktail’s critical ingredients for a tasty drink.

Last Word Cocktail Recipe

Quench your thirst with this straightforward Last Word Cocktail recipe, combining Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and lime juice for a delightful beverage.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

230 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer and Fine-strainer
  • Martini or Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your Martini or Coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker add 1 oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz Maraschino Liqueur, 1 oz Green Chartreuse, and 1 oz Gin.
  • Shake It Up: Fill the shaker with ice cubes, then firmly close and shake the mixture for 10-15 seconds until well-chilled.
  • Strain and Serve: Fine strain the cocktail into the chilled Martini or Coupe glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime twist or a maraschino cherry if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin on hand, try vodka for a milder, less botanical flavor.
  • Green Chartreuse: While Green Chartreuse has a unique flavor, you can experiment with yellow Chartreuse for a slightly different taste.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: If you're out of Maraschino liqueur, try a good alternative such as Luxardo or another cherry liqueur.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice in a pinch, but fresh lime juice is always preferred for the best flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Last Word Cocktail:

To make a pitcher for a group, multiply the ingredients by the servings you'd like to prepare. For example, for 8 servings, use 8 oz each of Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Mix them in a large pitcher with ice and stir well. Then strain into individual glasses and enjoy!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

If you want a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute alcohol-free Gin for the Gin and a non-alcoholic herbal liqueur for the Green Chartreuse. As usual, use a non-alcoholic cherry syrup for the Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice. Shake and strain as instructed for a delicious mocktail.

Making it Vegan:

To make this cocktail vegan-friendly, ensure that the Maraschino liqueur you use is vegan-certified, as some brands may use animal-derived ingredients in the production process. For the other ingredients listed, you should be covered.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
230
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
35
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.04
mg
0
%

 

Last Word Cocktail Drink

Last Word Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Quench your thirst with this straightforward Last Word Cocktail recipe, combining Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and lime juice for a delightful beverage.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 230

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer and Fine-strainer
  • Martini or Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your Martini or Coupe glass in the freezer or fill it with ice to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker add 1 oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz Maraschino Liqueur, 1 oz Green Chartreuse, and 1 oz Gin.
  • Shake It Up: Fill the shaker with ice cubes, then firmly close and shake the mixture for 10-15 seconds until well-chilled.
  • Strain and Serve: Fine strain the cocktail into the chilled Martini or Coupe glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime twist or a maraschino cherry if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin on hand, try vodka for a milder, less botanical flavor.
  • Green Chartreuse: While Green Chartreuse has a unique flavor, you can experiment with yellow Chartreuse for a slightly different taste.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: If you're out of Maraschino liqueur, try a good alternative such as Luxardo or another cherry liqueur.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice in a pinch, but fresh lime juice is always preferred for the best flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Last Word Cocktail:

To make a pitcher for a group, multiply the ingredients by the servings you'd like to prepare. For example, for 8 servings, use 8 oz each of Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Mix them in a large pitcher with ice and stir well. Then strain into individual glasses and enjoy!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

If you want a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute alcohol-free Gin for the Gin and a non-alcoholic herbal liqueur for the Green Chartreuse. As usual, use a non-alcoholic cherry syrup for the Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice. Shake and strain as instructed for a delicious mocktail.

Making it Vegan:

To make this cocktail vegan-friendly, ensure that the Maraschino liqueur you use is vegan-certified, as some brands may use animal-derived ingredients in the production process. For the other ingredients listed, you should be covered.

What is a Last Word Cocktail?

A Last Word Cocktail is a drink that includes Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and fresh lime juice. This cocktail is well-known for its distinct flavor profile, which combines the herbal notes of Chartreuse with the bright, citrusy tang of lime juice and the subtle sweetness of Maraschino Liqueur. The drink is recognized as one of ‘The Unforgettables’ by the International Bartender Association(IBA).

A Last Word cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a smal plate placed on a brown placemat with a jigger, two limes, a white cloth around.

What is Last Word Cocktail made of – The ingredients

To begin mixing your Last Word, make sure you have these at hand:

  • Gin: Provides the alcoholic base and botanical notes.
  • Green Chartreuse: Adds herbal complexity and a distinct green color.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: Offers a subtle cherry sweetness and depth of flavor.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Brings the cocktail with a sharp, zesty citrus element.

Gin, green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur and two limes laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Last Word Cocktail?

Make a perfect Last Word by following our simple step-by-step instructions:

1
<p>Fill your glass with ice cubes and stir them to chill.</p>

Fill your glass with ice cubes and stir them to chill.

2
<p>Using the jigger, pour the fresh lime juice into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Using the jigger, pour the fresh lime juice into the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Add Maraschino Liqueur to the shaker.</p>

Add Maraschino Liqueur to the shaker.

4
<p>Add green Chartreuse to the mix.</p>

Add green Chartreuse to the mix.

5
<p>Pour Gin into the shaker.</p>

Pour Gin into the shaker.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes to chill the mixture and dilute it slightly.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes to chill the mixture and dilute it slightly.

7
<p>Firmly close the shaker and shake the mixture for 10-15 seconds to thoroughly chill and mix the ingredients.</p>

Firmly close the shaker and shake the mixture for 10-15 seconds to thoroughly chill and mix the ingredients.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.

9
<p>Use the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer to strain the cocktail into your stemmed glass, ensuring no ice cubes make their way.</p>

Use the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer to strain the cocktail into your stemmed glass, ensuring no ice cubes make their way.

10
<p>Garnish your Last Word Cocktail with a lime twist or a maraschino cherry for a visual and aromatic touch.</p>

Garnish your Last Word Cocktail with a lime twist or a maraschino cherry for a visual and aromatic touch.

11
<p>Enjoy your Last Word cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Last Word cocktail!

Best Gin for The Last Word Cocktail

Simplicity is key when choosing the best Gin for your Last Word Cocktail. Opt for a London Dry gin with a balanced flavor profile. Classics like Tanqueray or Beefeater work well, offering juniper-forward notes that complement the cocktail’s herbal and citrusy elements. Another solid choice is Plymouth Gin, known for its slightly sweeter and earthy undertones. However, if you’re up for a twist, consider Hendrick’s Gin, which infuses subtle cucumber and rose notes for a unique take on the Last Word. Ultimately, it’s about personal preference, so feel free to experiment and find the Gin that suits your taste buds best.

A side shot of a Last Word cocktail in a cocktail glass on a small plate placed on a brown placemat with a jigger, two limes, a white cloth around.

Variations

Ready to broaden your Last Word game? Try one of our handpicked variations:

  • Final Ward: Rye whiskey, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and green chartreuse come together in a bold mix. The spicy kick of rye whiskey perfectly complements the herbal notes of green chartreuse. The lemon juice’s refreshing acidity balances the richness, and I particularly enjoy this aspect.
  • Pete’s Word: Laphroaig, a 10-year-old scotch, lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and green chartreuse create an intriguing blend. The smoky character of Laphroaig gives it a unique edge, while the lime juice adds a tangy freshness, appealing to those who love a smoky flavor.
  • Naked and Famous: Mezcal, lime juice, Aperol, and yellow chartreuse unite for a smoky, bittersweet experience. The mezcal’s smokiness takes center stage, complemented by Aperol’s bittersweet citrus and yellow chartreuse’s herbal complexity. The harmonious balance between mezcal’s smokiness and the herbal-citrus notes draws me in.
  • Paper Plane: Bourbon, lemon juice, Aperol, and Amaro Nonino blend for a rich, zesty, and bittersweet experience. The warmth of bourbon and zestiness of lemon create a lively foundation, with Aperol and Amaro Nonino adding bitter and herbal layers. The combination of bourbon’s richness with bittersweet elements captivates me.
  • Shaddock: Gin, lemon juice, St. Germain, and Aperol combine for a botanical, floral, and slightly bitter mix. The gin’s botanicals blend smoothly with St. Germain’s floral sweetness and Aperol’s bitter-citrus profile, while lemon juice adds a necessary zing. I’m particularly fond of St. Germain’s floral notes, offering a sweet, fragrant counterpoint to the crisp gin.

A side shot of a Last Word cocktail in a cocktail glass on a small plate placed on a brown placemat with a jigger, two limes, a white cloth around.

History and Origins of the Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word cocktail’s history dates back to the Prohibition era in the United States, specifically in the Detroit Athletic Club in the early 1920s. It’s believed to have been a favorite among club members during that time. The cocktail’s popularity waned over the years but was rediscovered and reintroduced to the cocktail scene in the early 2000s by mixologists in Seattle, Washington.

A Last Word cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on white marmol table surrounded by Gin, green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur and two limes.

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FAQ

What alcohol is used in a Last Word drink?
Gin is the primary alcohol used in a Last Word drink.
How strong is a Last Word cocktail in terms of ABV and proof?
A Last Word typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of approximately 30-32% or 60-64 proof.
How many calories are in a Last Word cocktail?
A standard Last Word cocktail contains about 200-220 calories.
What does a Last Word cocktail taste like?
A Last Word has a unique flavor profile, combining herbal notes from Green Chartreuse with citrusy tang from lime juice and subtle sweetness from Maraschino Liqueur.
In which type of glass is a Last Word drink usually served?
A Last Word cocktail is traditionally served in a stemmed glass, often a coupe or Martini glass.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Last Word cocktail?
The standard ratio for a Last Word cocktail is equal parts Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and fresh lime juice.
How is a Last Word cocktail typically served regarding ice or presentation?
A Last Word cocktail is typically served without ice and can be served straight up, up, or over, depending on your preference.

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