The Last Word – A Gin and Chartreuse Cocktail

 Nice and boozy, this classic cocktail makes the most of the flavors of Chartreuse and Luxardo! Cheers!



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 for Chartreuse Liquor that kept popping up was a cocktail named The Last Word. Invented in the Detroit Athletic Club during Prohibition, this Chartreuse cocktail is a classic drink that has regained popularity with the resurgence of speakeasy bars. Because it is a classic cocktail, we couldn’t wait to make one!




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Tulip Glasses (ours is vintage, sorry!) / Hawthorne Strainer / Jigger / Shaker




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. We also like the Chartreuse in one of our other cocktails, the Champs Elysees, cheers!




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Gin & Snap Pea Cocktail – The Gastronom

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin – The Little Epicurean




The Last Word

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 189

The Last Word


  • 3/4 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Chartreuse
  • 3/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz lime juice


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the gin, Chartreuse, cherry liqueur and lime juice and shake.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.




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31 thoughts on “The Last Word – A Gin and Chartreuse Cocktail

  1. This is one of my FAVORITE drinks (and I don’t drink gin!) As a warning to those who are considering making this delicious libation—it catches up to you quickly and makes you act a fool. The key is moderation. 😉

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