Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Last Word?

From time to time, I find a great drink from a bygone era that’s a little sweet for my taste. Such is the case with the Last Word, an equal parts cocktail that’s two parts liqueur. A certain amount of drinking of things not entirely to your taste is par for the course in the appreciation of classic recipes. But I’m not averse to drying them down if it doesn’t mean dumbing them down too. Luckily, the Last Word has a lot of flavor and adapts easily. I added a little more sour to cut the sweet, but mostly I made it ginnier.

The Last Word (Paraphrased)

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz maraschino
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

As with most classic cocktails, the history of the Last Word is anecodotal. Paul Clarke sums it up with typical elegance.

Speaking of the Last Word, I try not to annoy bartenders, but I had this once in a bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn while waiting for the rain to let up, and the person working there shook the thing until I finally had to stop her. She was a little too special to begin with, and didn’t like the customer explaining how he wanted the drink. Kindly don’t over-dilute my booze.

1 comment:

  1. As I hardly have to tell you, the Shady Lady does this drink rather well. They also have a tequila version, Los Finales. Just the other night, as I was annoying my bartender there by asking for "something smoky but different," the fine gentleman made me one of these with mezcal in place of tequila. Rather nice.


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