The Last Word is a prohibition-era cocktail that is enjoying renewed popularity after being championed by Murray Stenson of the Zig Zag cafe in Seattle.
I enjoyed my first Last Word at Lui Bar in Melbourne after Geoff (the head bartender) told me it was his favourite gin cocktail. The ingredients sounded a little off to me at first : gin, Maraschino liqueur, Chartreuse and freshly pressed lime juice. I could not imagine how these would combine to create anything palatable, but they really do!
Fresh, sweet, sour and pungent, The Last Word is a perfect palate cleanser or aperitif and a delicious alternative for those who prefer their cocktails on the dry side.
Readers ask for simple cocktail recipes, so I know some might balk at 3 different spirits, but I promise it’s worth the investment.
Ingredients for The Last Word
25ml Sipsmith Gin
25ml Maraschino Liqueur
25ml freshly pressed lime juice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously until cold.
Strain contents on the cocktail shaker into a chilled glass.