The Drink | The Last Word

Becky and I are celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year. Which means that, after four decades, neither of us ever has the last word anymore. Except when it comes to cocktails, because this one is literally called  “The Last Word.”  It has a couple of unusual ingredients, but they are easy to find and the drink is simple to make and perfectly balanced.  

One sip and there’s just nothing left to say. It’s the bartender’s equivalent of a mic drop.

Ingredients for one cocktail
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: brandied cherry (optional)
  1. Add the gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with a brandied cherry (optional).

Editor’s note for cocktail wonks: A background search on this recipe revealed the following history — “The Last Word was first served at the Detroit Athletic Club, circa 1915. Created just before the start of Prohibition, likely by a bartender named Frank Fogarty, it’s one of the cocktail canon’s most successful Prohibition-era drinks”(

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