Last Word Cocktail


Published on Nov 14, 2017

The Last Word is a Prohibition-era gin cocktail originated at the Detroit athletic club, sometime around 1920, where it was created by a Vaudeville performer by the name of Frank Fogarty.  One source reveals that the drink is slightly older predating the prohibition era by a few years.  It was already offered on the club’s 1916 menu for a price of 35 cents making it the club’s most expensive cocktail at the time.  Somehow this cocktail fell into oblivion sometime after WWII until it was rediscovered by Murray Stenson in 2004, and it became a hit in the Portland areas and spread to cocktail bars in major cities worldwide.  Cocktail contains equal amounts of gin, green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and freshly pressed lime juice, which are combined in a shaker with ice.  After shaking, the mix is poured through a cocktail strainer into the glass and is served straight up.


There are two types of Chartreuse: Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55%) is made from 130 herbs and other plants macerated in alcohol and steeped for about 8 hours; and Yellow Chartreuse (80 proof or 40%) has a milder and sweeter flavor and aroma.

Last Word
  1. 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  2. 1 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  3. 1 oz Gin
  4. 1 oz Lemon Juice
  1. Add the Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino and Lime Juice to a shaker glass.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker begins to frost.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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