Just what the doctor ordered for the fatigued palate!
If I ever had a cold and had to go to work, at least during my waitressing years, Elsie, the old German matriarch of the night crew would have me sip a shot of Green Chartreuse. Maybe that’s redundant but there is a “Yellow Chartreuse.”
Boy would that stuff clear out your sinuses! Ever since then I’ve thought of Chartreuse as medicine and stayed away – until now.
As I cycle through the easy stuff, the approachable cocktails, I find some of them start to taste the same. Especially the gin sour types, which are my favorites. The flavor profile that isn’t approachable. The anise-to-menthol type stuff like absinthe and Chartreuse are a bit more challenging but a welcome change of pace.
I’m a huge fan of equal parts cocktails because they’re usually boozy & balanced but most of all because the recipes are so easy to remember. Booze-only cocktails are a bit hard for me to swallow these days, though, so I like an equal parts with a bit of citrus.
The Last Word is all of the above and I do believe it has a bit of a cult following. I totally get why.
The following is from cold-glass.com.
3/4 ounce Dry gin
I love Nolet’s in this but Plymouth, etc will do as well.
3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
Expensive but worth it. Warning, the darn stuff is 110 proof!
- 3/4 ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
- 3/4 ounce Fresh-squeezed lime juice
Keep the drink small so it stays cold. Make sure you put your Nick & Nora, martini glasses, or coupes in the freezer before you start making the drink. Shake with ice until very cold. Strain & serve chilled.
Then find a quiet place to sit and savor.