Hardly the Last Word By Tony Sachs

Mixologists around the world are putting a new spin on the once long-forgotten Prohibition-era cocktail, The Last Word.

 

On paper, the once long-forgotten Prohibition-era cocktail The Last Word—a seemingly brash mix of gin, sweet maraschino ­liqueur, herbal Chartreuse and lime juice—sounds like it should have stayed in the Roaring Twenties.   And it nearly did, save for a few adventurous bartenders who saw potential in the potent potable and have since helped make it a mainstay in mixology.   One such spirit slinger is Phil Ward of Death & Co. in New York City. Ward has created several different takes on the drink since he discovered it a decade ago. To Ward, the drink, which has a tart start but a smooth finish, is a happy ­accident.   “It’s like a perfect four-car crash where nobody gets even a scrape, but everyone’s glad they met,” he says. Again, while the separate parts may spook you, the next time you sidle up to a proper bar, see for yourself how sublimely they add up.   Mixologist Updates to this Classic Cocktail   Mum’s the Word   Recipe courtesy Megs DeMeulenaere, bartender at Bramble Bar, Edinburgh   ¾ ounce Beefeater Gin  1 ounce yellow Chartreuse  ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice  ¼ ounce blue Curaçao  1 dash absinthe   Combine the gin, Chartreuse, lime juice, Curaçao and absinthe in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.   The Last Wynd   Recipe courtesy Sian Ferguson, general manager of 99 Bar & Kitchen, Aberdeen, Scotland   ¾ ounce Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum (or other aged white rum)  ¾ ounce yellow Chartreuse  ¾ ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur  ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice  ⅛ ounce honey   Combine the rum, Chartreuse, Luxardo, lime juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.   La Otra Palabra (The Other Word)   Recipe courtesy Eric Alperin, co-owner of The Varnish, Los Angeles   2 ounces Del Maguey Mezcal Vida  1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice  ¼ ounce yellow Chartreuse  ¼ ounce agave nectar  1 teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur   Combine the mezcal, lime juice, Chartreuse, agave nectar and Luxardo in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over a large chunk of ice.

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