Holiday visitors who come bearing gifts of food and drink are always appreciated, especially when those same gifts include recipes we haven’t tried. Brother Dave arrives with a bottle of Chartreuse and his new, favorite old-time cocktail recipe, The Last Word. The Prohibition-era classic features green Chartreuse (yes Virginia, chartreuse is not just a color on the hipster paint palette), gin, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice, mixed in equal amounts. The combination is bracing, clean, refreshing and a touch creamy all at the same time, reminiscent in some ways of a Margarita, but with the difficult-to-describe flavor of Chartreuse, which our alchemist friends tell us includes Angelica root. And yes, it is strong. Although with a simple 1-1 ratio, the recipe can easily be mixed in different amounts. We were able to split a drink into three small cocktail glasses using 1 ounce measures. (OK, we did have seconds.)
It’s a great addition to the holiday cocktail menu, and to 2011 retrospectives. MSNBC host and cocktail aficionado Rachel Maddow even mixed one on her show in May, the day before the (first) predicted End of the World.
The Last Word
In cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix equal parts
- Maraschino liqueur (Luxardo brand recommended)
- Green Chartreuse
- Lime juice, freshly squeezed
Pour into chilled cocktail glass. Toast the New Year.