Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Last Word on the Subject

The Last Word is a cocktail - from the Prohibition era, it seems. It combines oddball, rare ingredients in simple 1:1:1:1 proportions:

The Last Word
3/4 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. Maraschino
3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake over ice and strain into cocktail (martini) glass.

It just happens that I have all of these ingredients handy, so I mixed one up. Here is my report: It tastes like Chartreuse. Not quite straight Chartreuse, but pretty close.

I would reduce the Chartreuse to about 1/4 oz.; maybe reduce the Maraschino the same way or keep it at 3/4 oz., since it is fairly subtle. I'd bump the gin up to a full shot, because why not. I also thought it would taste good with an egg white for the fizz and mouthfeel.

Then I realized that I was recreating the 'Treuse or Dare from One Flew South in Atlanta, with a little Maraschino. So I basically gave up on this cocktail. If you want to drink Green Chartreuse on the rocks, go ahead. If you want a great gin-and-Chartreuse cocktail, try the 'Treuse or Dare.


Mythical Monkey said...

I've been drinking the Aviation cocktail myself which is a lot like the Last Word, only blue: gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and Creme de Violette. Tastes like a French courtesan's perfume, or at least what I imagine that would taste like, with a real kick to it. A couple of those and, true to its name, you'll be flying.

DW said...

Sorry for the non sequitor, but I thought of you, CoolBev, when I read this - - particular the reference to Zirbez.