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    New Favorite Cocktail: The Last Word

    Prep time: 2-4 minutes
    Serves: 1 person
    Pairs well with: Appetizers, main dishes plus Mexican and Thai food. The sweet & sour flavor lends itself to many foods and is a great low sugar Margarita substitute.


    • 3/4 oz Gin (Vodka ok)
    • 3/4 oz Green Chartreuse for St. Patty’s Day (Yellow or Green otherwise)
    • 3/4 oz Luxardo
    • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
    • Twist of Lime
    • Ice for Shaker

    Mixing instructions:

    • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, strain into a champagne saucer or martini glass for a classic look.
    • Garnish with lime twist.


    • The original recipe calls for Gin and the flavor will vary depending on your choice of gin. I prefer a less juniper heavy Gin.
    • This Prohibition Era cocktail literally died around WWII and wasn’t seen again until it was revived in the 2004 by Murray Stenson of Seattle’s Zig Zag Cafe. Zig Zag holds a special place in my heart because it’s the site of my first date with Steven…and for you 50 Shades fans, this bar was where Kate and Ana met for a drink as it’s near Ana’s Pike Place Market apartment. The Last Word became clutishly popular here, spread first to Portland, OR and now it’s featured nationwide at better bars and craft cocktail establishments.
    • You can substitute Vodka if you’re a Gin hater and keep the rest of the recipe as is.
    • Easy to batch double, triple or quadruple.
    • Chartreuse is expensive ($50-95 depending on bottle size) but the bottle lasts for a long time given only 3/4 oz is used per cocktail.
    • There are two types of Chartreuse
      —Green and Yellow—the difference is in the proof and sweetness so you may want to experiment and try both. Green Chartreuse is stronger at 110 proof and tends to be more complex with natural green color, herbal-oriented taste and a more powerful finish. Yellow Chartreuse is 80 proof and much milder with a sweeter flavor and aroma.
    • If you like the idea of having champagne coupe or cocktail glasses check out thrift stores and antique malls for bargains. We have a mixed collection of many patterns which is both fun and functional (guests know which glass is theirs even at larger parties).


    All Photos by Marla Smith Photography

    This Cocktail is featured in the post Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and is a lovely touch of green to the tablescape.