The Last Word

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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.

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  • 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.

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