The Last Word – A Gin and Chartreuse Cocktail

The Last Word Cocktail in a tall coupe glass with a jigger and bottles of gin, green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur.

 Nice and boozy, this classic cocktail, The Last Word, 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.



The Last Word

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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The Last Word Cocktail in a tall coupe glass with a jigger and bottles of gin, green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur.

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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The Last Word - A Gin and Chartreuse Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A classic cocktail with a combination of gin, chartreuse and Luxardo maraschino liqueur with the citrus flavor of lime.


  • 3/4 oz Chartruese
  • 3/4 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur


Fill a shaker with ice.

Pour gin, chartreuse, cherry liqueur and lime juice in, and shake.

Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass.

Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231 Total Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 5mg Carbohydrates: 26.2g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 24.6g Protein: 0.1g

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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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