The Last Word cocktail is a classic, and also one of the easiest cocktails to remember. It's just four ingredients, with equal amounts of each. It's tangy and refreshing, and really simple to make.
The Four Ingredients
The interplay of these four ingredients makes the Last Word a refreshingly complex drink.
- This gives the drink its flavor backbone, so choose a gin that you enjoy.
- Green Chartreuse
- This green liqueur is famous for its many herbal ingredients. It's pretty much irreplaceable in this drink, so I highly recommend giving it a try. When you're playing around with Chartreuse, keep in mind that it can easily overpower other ingredients.
- Maraschino Liqueur
- The Luxardo company made a name for itself with its maraschino liqueur. This liqueur is made with cherries, but it's not a sickly sweet cherry flavor like the neon red maraschino cherries you might see at the grocery store. It has some sweetness but is a strong liqueur.
- Fresh lime juice
- This gives the drink its tartness and also counteracts the sweetness of the two liqueurs.
Choosing a Cocktail Glass
In order to have the drink mostly fill the glass, you'll need a cocktail glass that holds around 4 fluid ounces. Each ingredient is ¾ of an ounce, so the total liquid of the cocktail is 3 fluid ounces (plus some melted ice from shaking).
Making the Last Word Cocktail
To make the Last Word, start by chilling your cocktail glass. A great way to do this is to add some ice and water to the glass and let it sit while you make the cocktail itself.
You can also prep your garnish before starting to build the drink. I chose to garnish with a lime curl, which you can make by cutting a slice of lime and removing the peel, and then curling it with your fingers. Another great garnish for this is a maraschino cherry (preferably the good kind).
To make the drink itself, add all four ingredients to your cocktail shaker, along with ice, and shake everything about 15-20 times in order to chill and dilute the drink. Then, empty the water and ice out of your cocktail glass and strain the drink into the glass.
You can strain with just one strainer, or two like I show above, which will strain out all of the lime pulp. Then just add your garnish and serve.
Other Cocktails You Might Like
- This Kiwi Chartreuse Daiquiri also features Chartreuse, but is a little more fruity
- Try this blackberry-tastic gin-based drink, the Blackberry Empress Gin Sour
- This Limoncello Thyme Spritzer is another super simple cocktail
Did You Make this Cocktail?
I would love to know if you've tried a Last Word! Have you had it in a bar before? It has its own Wikipedia page for a reason! Leave a message in the comments section to let me know what you think!
Last Word (Classic Cocktail)
- 4 oz stemmed cocktail glass
- Cocktail shaker and strainer(s)
- Ice for chilling the glass and shaking
- ¾ oz gin
- ¾ oz Chartreuse liqueur
- ¾ oz Maraschino liqueur
- ¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- Chill the cocktail glass by filling it with ice and water.
- Prepare your garnish, either a curl of lime, a maraschino cherry or something of your own design.
- Add the gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice to the cocktail shaker along with ice.
- Shake the cocktail 15-20 times.
- Empty the water and ice out of the cocktail glass and strain or double-strain the drink into the glass.
- Add your garnish and serve.