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.)
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.