The Discouraging Word

September  7, 2013
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  • Makes 1 cocktail
Author Notes

There's a very simple Prohibition cocktail that's made a comeback recently called The Last Word: equal parts of gin, lime, Maraschino liqueur and Chartreuse. Perfect right? What could go wrong? Well Chartreuse is a very strong flavor and tends to dominate the drink. I suspect most modern bartenders actually cut back on the Chartreuse but anyway, I wanted to see if I could use a different medicinal liqueur in place of Chartreuse to make the drink more balanced. Cynar came to mind - it's in the same family but less intensely herbal. Et voila! At first I was going to call it the Cynical Word, but that didn't make enough sense, and then I thought of the lyric from Home on the Range ... —ProfPessimist

What You'll Need
  • .75 ounces gin
  • .75 ounces lime juice
  • .75 ounces maraschino liqueur
  • .75 ounces Cynar liqueur
  • Lime wedge
  1. Squeeze a lime for some fresh lime juice.
  2. Mix all the liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker.
  3. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  4. Variations: For simpler measurements, you can use 1 oz of everything, but that makes a pretty large drink. Of course, you can scale up to make several drinks at once. For variety muddle some mint or basil in the shaker with the gin before adding the other ingredients.

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