Last Word

The Last Word is a prohibition era cocktail that is made from gin, maraschino liqueur, chartreuse and lime juice. Traditionally garnished with a cherry and served in a coupe glass, this herbal cocktail is slightly sweet and packs a punch.

The last word cocktail, garnished with a cherry standing alone on a table.

get to know the last word cocktail

  • The last word cocktail was originally served at the Detroit Athletic Club just before prohibition started. Reports vary, but it was likely created between 1915-1920.
  • The slightly sweet gin cocktail features herbal notes from the gin and chartreuse mixed with maraschino liqueur and lime juice.
  • Equal parts of each ingredient makes mixing this cocktail super easy to batch or making singularly.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Gin – This liquor was very popular during prohibition-era, so it’s no surprise that this cocktail features gin. If you swap it out, you’ll end up with a different drink.
  • Chartreuse – You want green chartreuse for this recipe, yellow will taste completely different. It wouldn’t make a bad cocktail, but we’re going for an herbal flavor here.
  • Maraschino liqueur – Kirsch or cherry liqueur would work as a substitute, but maraschino has a slight bitter quality that is unmatched by alternatives.
  • Lime juice – Fresh lime juice is best, but you can use bottled or even lemon juice if necessary.
A last word cocktail being poured, showing the drops of liquid as they are mid-air and dropping into the glass.

How to make the last word

Prep your glasses. Chill a coupe glass (or two) and make sure you have garnish available if you’re using it. If you have time, pop them into the freezer for a few minutes; if not, fill them with ice until just before straining the cocktail.

Shake until cold. Combine the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold to the touch – about 30 seconds.

Garnish and serve. Strain the cocktail into your prepared glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry. Serve immediately.

Put a spin on it. Try making it with mezcal for a smoky twist. This version is called Last of The Oaxacans.

A cocktail in a coupe glass garnished with a cherry on a metal skewer.

faqs about the last word

What does a Last Word taste like?

As the name reflects, this moderately strong cocktail cocktail has a slightly sweet, slightly tart and herbal taste with notes of cherry and lime.

Is Chartreuse green or yellow?

Chartreuse comes in both green and yellow, depending on which bottle you buy. Yellow is sweeter than green and tastes more like honey and anise flavors, while green features flavors of citrus and herbs. Yellow chartreuse has a lower 40% ABV than green chartreuse which boasts a ABV of 55%.

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Last Word

The Last Word is a prohibition era cocktail that is made from gin, maraschino liqueur, chartreuse and lime juice. Traditionally garnished with a cherry and served in a coupe glass, this herbal cocktail is slightly sweet and packs a punch.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Gin
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • For garnish: maraschino cherry

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 10.6 g
  • Sodium: 5 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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