OLD FASHIONED COCKTAILS-Last Word:
When was the Last Word Invented?
Last word made its debut around 1915. It existed before Prohibition and was created by bartender Frank Fogarty. Its recipe appeared in Ted Saucier’s Bottoms Up in 1951, and it went unnoticed after the Second World War.
After decades of neglect, it was rediscovered in the Seattle, where it stood out from the crowd of cocktails due to its balance of tart, sweet and herbal notes. Since then, it has quickly become a hit in bars across the country and has maintained its rightful place in the cocktail world.
What You Need:
- green Chartreuse
- maraschino liqueur
- freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime wheel or cherry, for garnish
How to Make a Last Word?
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add ¾ oz of gin to the shaker using a jigger.
- Add ¾oz of green Chartreuse to the shaker.
- Add ¾ oz of maraschino liqueur to the shaker.
- Add ¾ oz of freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker.
- Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds, or until the shaker is frosty.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or martini glass using a strainer to catch the ice and any small particles.
- Garnish with a lime wheel or a cherry.
Tip For Making it:
- Use high-quality ingredients: The Last Word is a complex cocktail that relies on the quality of its ingredients. Choose a high-quality gin, such as London dry gin, and use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.
- Measure your ingredients precisely: The Last Word has a delicate balance of flavors, so it’s important to measure your ingredients precisely using a jigger. Use the recommended proportions of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice for the best results.
- Shake vigorously: The Last Word should be shaken vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to combine the ingredients and create a frothy texture. Use a cocktail shaker or a Mason jar with a tight-fitting lid for the best results.
- Strain carefully: Strain the cocktail carefully using a fine mesh strainer to remove any ice or small particles that may have formed during the shaking process. This will ensure a smooth and silky texture for your cocktail.
- Garnish with a lime wheel or a cherry: The traditional garnish for a Last Word is a lime wheel, which adds a bright citrusy note to the cocktail. You can also use a cherry for a slightly sweeter flavor and a contrasting red color.
- Experiment with the proportions: The Last Word is a versatile cocktail that can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you prefer a more sour flavor, you can add more lime juice, while a sweeter flavor can be achieved by adding more maraschino liqueur. Be sure to adjust the proportions carefully, as the cocktail has a delicate balance of flavors.