Last Word

July  6, 2023
3 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
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

Test Kitchen Notes

We love the Last Word because it’s balanced, bright, decidedly boozy, and—best of all—made with four ingredients of equal volume. Like its equal-part cousin, the Negroni, the Last Word is the sort of cocktail that you make once and know forever. Both bold and refreshing, it’s a cocktail that belongs at any occasion at any time of year. Our preferred Last Word drinking experience? Just as the name suggests: after dinner, possibly—but not necessarily—with friends, you’re closing the night out strong. —Food52

What You'll Need
  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur (like Luxardo)
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  1. Put all ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a coupe and serve.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

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5 Reviews

Melissa Y. July 17, 2023
Chartreuse is such a distinctive flavor, I was surprised how it becomes second fiddle to the Luxardo. We like the Written Word (also on this site) as a cleaner spinoff of the Last Word, but if you prefer sweeter drinks, this one is the one to make! For our personal tastes, like PS007, we'd dial back the Luxardo to let the Chartreuse shine.
woodsrider July 14, 2023
A fabulous cocktail dating back to around 1915 at the Detroit Athletic Club. It's a staple at our house. Unfortunately, Green Chartreuse has become extremely difficult to find over the last couple of years. I guess the Carthusian monks decided to be more like "monks" than opportunists.
bertrude February 9, 2020
Why would you need to double strain this when there are no solids/herbs in the cocktail?
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!
I've found I prefer mine with a bit less Luxardo.