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The Last Word Cocktail is an herbaceous concoction of gin, Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur with a lime twist!

In May of this year I learned two things: 1) that Chartreuse was not just a yellow-green color but also a famous, French liqueur that is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. In fact, from a chicken and egg perspective, the drink came first and the color is named after it. 2) that when a friend who’s also a food and drink pairing expert tells you that he’s making one of your recipes, it pays to ask what he’s drinking with it.

We were in Seattle for business, but managed to gain some cocktail enlightenment too. In a few short days, we discovered both The Boulevardier and another craft cocktail (with some clever name that I can’t remember) that included Chartreuse. Being fans of gin (and homemade tonic water!) for it’s bold botanical flavors, herbaceous Chartreuse was an instant hit.

Pouring The Last Word Cocktail

It was May 27th, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and, after a bit of research, we headed to the liquor store to buy The Last Word cocktail ingredients: Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino and Gin.

It was May 28th, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and our friend Tom who happens to live 2,759 miles away sent me an e-mail letting me know that he’d enjoyed my post on Memorial Day Recipes and that he had farro cooling to make my Summer Farro Salad.

Me:

Very nice! Let me know how it goes and, of course, what you’ll be drinking with it. 🙂

Tom:

I am getting ready to fix a Last Word, my absolute favorite cocktail. There are very few liquid concoctions that come close to this one!

Me:

OMG! That’s the exact cocktail we’re having today – just discovered Chartreuse and we’ve never had maraschino liquor before. Boy are we on the same wavelength!!

Tom:

That is pretty scary!

Chartreuse is a long time family favorite. Parents started drinking it in the early 50s. It is my mother’s absolute favorite. I smuggled a bottle in from France in 1972 at age 15 for her. I got a big hug… not real sure that would happen anymore.

There is also a Chartreuse that is rated as a V.E.P. Very hard to find and runs about $200 a bottle. I happen to have one in the basement. Lower in ALC at 108 proof, much more herbaceous (if you can believe that) and a much much thicker viscosity.I raise my glass to my two young friends on the other side of the country.

Tom even sent me a photo of the prize bottle.

VEP Chartreuse

Mixing up Last Word cocktails couldn’t be simpler: equal parts of Chartreuse, Luxardo, Gin and fresh lime juice, shaken with ice then strained into a martini glass or champagne coup, served with a lime twist.

Just The Last Word

The long weekend coming up is a perfect time to treat yourself to this classic cocktail or maybe one of my other favorites: Campari Spritz, French 75 Cocktail, Rhubarb Cocktail, or a Peach Bellini. As for me, I’ll be checking in with Tom to see what he’s cooking and, of course, what he’s pairing with it. I’m always up for more inspiration!

The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Calories: 261
Servings: 1 cocktail
The equal parts in this cocktail make it a snap to mix! This makes a strong drink – if you plan to have two, reduce each ingredient to 3/4 ounce (you’ll thank me in the morning! 🙂 )

Ingredients  

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Luxardo marachino liqueur
  • 1 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • lime twist for garnish

Instructions 

  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add all drink ingredients except the twist. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds then strain into a martini glass or champagne coup.
  • Garnish with lime twist.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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32 Comments

  1. aariv says:

    5 stars
    I am not a huge fan of cocktails because I do not like to mix different drinks. But after trying this one there will be no looking back. Thanks for sharing. I am sure my husband will love it too. What a unique name for the drink. looking forward to try more cocktails.

    1. Marissa says:

      So glad to hear that, Aariv! Thank you!

  2. Sabrina Zaragoza says:

    5 stars
    I’m not a big fan of gin but this cocktail attract me. I love the name of this cocktail, and this looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Marissa says:

      My pleasure! Thanks, Sabrina!

  3. Pat C.Wilson says:

    5 stars
    oh wow gin is my husband’s favorite. this would be great for a private night with him, a cocktail made by me will be the sweetest gift for his birthday. thank you for sharing this. xoxo

    1. Marissa says:

      Wonderful! Thank you, Pat!

  4. Sabrina says:

    5 stars
    I would love to try this with vodka.

    1. Marissa says:

      Not a gin lover, huh? 😉

  5. Pat C.Wilson says:

    i cook everything, made a lot of cakes but i’ve never ever made any cocktails. just looking for a good recipe with gin ( my favorite ) and i found it right here. thanks for sharing, Marissa. i’ll make my first cocktail for my husband, hope he loves it. xD

    1. Marissa says:

      That’s great, Pat! I hope he loves it too!