Last Word

September 18, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

Originally created at the Detroit athletic club in the 1920s, a Last Word, equal parts gin, lime, maraschino liqueur, and chartreuse, is perfectly suited for rotgut bathtub gin, which is almost certainly what was used in the original cocktail. Bold, spicy, vegetal and tart, the Last Word has become a favorite amongst cocktail enthusiasts and is appropriately named for both its relatively high alcohol content and the intensity of its flavor. This cocktail is a closer.

Erik Lombardo

Serves: 1


  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur (we like Luxardo)
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
In This Recipe


  1. Put all ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a coupe and serve.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

SaraN March 17, 2016
It's also about $100 for the chartreuse and luxardo. Gulp.
PS007 November 8, 2014
Should be a shoutout to Mur the Blur (Murray Stenson) for reviving this classic!<br />I've found I prefer mine with a bit less Luxardo.