Cocktail Party

The Last Sword

March  6, 2023
1 Ratings
Photo by MJ Kroeger
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This is one of my own inventions, loosely inspired by The Last Word, a cocktail made with equal parts gin, lime juice, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, and Chartreuse. I swapped lime juice for zesty grapefruit, Maraschino for another cherry-based liqueur called Cherry Heering, and Chartreuse for absinthe, given its green color and herbal nature. Purists might balk at calling it a riff on the classic, but I call it delicious.

For the quickest albeit potent way to explore an absinthe cocktail: Clad yourself in black, dim the lights, and contemplate your mortal existence—although those steps are purely optional. Then pour into a glass, and voilá!
Ellen Clifford

What You'll Need
  • 1 ounce gin (I use Beefeater)
  • 1 ounce Cherry Heering
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (a pink or ruby grapefruit, if possible)
  • 1/4 ounce absinthe (Lucid is my favorite)
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with a few large ice cubes. Shake to combine. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail glass over one large ice cube.

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2 Reviews

elhowell March 11, 2023
You wrote this on my birthday, cant thank you enough. I love the Last Word, and Absinthe.

Now I have a birthday drink.

Thank you Ellen
Ellen C. March 11, 2023
Happy birthday! Hope you get a chance to make the cocktail!