Recently we bought a bottle of Chartreuse, a herbal liqueur distilled by Carthusian Monks of France that contains 130 herbs plants and flowers. I had been seeing a number of amazing looking and sounding cocktails on various sites that all used Chartreuse, so being intrigued I set out to find a drink that would be appropriate to use this very unique liqueur. One recipe that kept popping up was a cocktail named The Last Word. Invented in the Detroit Athletic Club during Prohibition, the cocktail is a classic drink that has regained popularity with the resurgence of speakeasy bars.
The recipe combines equal parts the bright crispness of gin, the herbaceous bite of the Chartreuse, sweet maraschino liqueur, and the citrus burst from a lime. This cocktail starts out fragrantly herbaceous and slightly sour, but finishes with a bright sweetness that is quite refreshing.
- 3/4 oz Gin
- 3/4 oz Chartreuse
- 3/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- Fill a shaker with ice. Pour the gin, Chartreuse, cherry liqueur and lime juice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.