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Last week marked a big step for us: We introduced wine and spirits in our Provisions shop. We partnered with the gorgeous, brand new site Merchants of Beverage to source wine collections and cocktail kits to help improve the art of drinking at home. One of our first launches? A trio of spirits to make a Last Word cocktail: green Chartreuse, Dorothy Parker gin, and Luxardo maraschino liqueur.
More: Learn all about Chartreuse.
These three spirits should be staples in your bar, just as flour and sugar are in your pantry. You should celebrate their arrival with a Last Word, of course, but these bottles can also do so much more. They're the key components of some of our favorite classic cocktails like the Bijou -- a blend of Chartreuse, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and gin -- or the Hemingway Daiquiri, a (very) potent combination of rum, maraschino, grapefruit, and lime.
More: Or you can make a spritz with all that gin.
And don’t confine these spirits to the bar, though they'll do well there. You should cook with them, too.
Chartreuse and maraschino both have very defined, interesting flavors -- maraschino liqueur is complex and fruity while Chartreuse is herbal and woodsy. Either would make a very good addition to a simple syrup you can use in baking. Inspired by the scent, we reduced Chartreuse and added it to melted marshmallows for a grown-up version of Rice Krispies treats (find the recipe here). Next up? We're making a Chartreuse simple syrup to pour over a hot-from-the-oven lemon pound cake.
Tell us, what would you make with the Last Word cocktail kit?
Photos by James Ransom