Closing Argument Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Closing Argument is a cocktail that seems to have emerged from the craft cocktail movement, where bartenders enjoy experimenting with bold flavors and spirits. It's a drink that would likely appeal to those who appreciate a smoky, herbal kick in their glass.

  • The mezcal base provides a smoky undertone that is characteristic of many modern cocktails.
  • Green Chartreuse brings a complex herbal sweetness, a nod to the long history of monastic liqueurs.
  • The addition of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur gives a hint of cherry and almond, rounding out the drink's profile.

How Closing Argument Tastes?

The Closing Argument is a symphony of complexity. It's smoky from the mezcal, herbal and slightly sweet from the Green Chartreuse, with a nutty cherry undertone from the Luxardo Maraschino. The lime juice adds a necessary tang, balancing the cocktail with a refreshing acidity.

Interesting facts about Closing Argument

  • Mezcal is often made from the heart of the agave plant, called the piña, and is traditionally smoked over wood fires.
  • Green Chartreuse is one of the few liqueurs that have a naturally green color, which comes from the 130 herbs and plants used in its recipe.
  • Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur is made from Marasca cherries, a sour cherry variety from the Dalmatian coast.



Mezcal brings a distinctive smoky flavor to the table - it's like the cool, mysterious cousin of tequila. The 2.25 oz pour is a nod to balance; too much and you're at a campfire, too little and you're just whispering “smoke” in a library. Without it, you lose the cocktail’s backbone. Swap in tequila for a less smoky, smoother vibe.

Mary Mitkina

Green Chartreuse

This Green Chartreuse is akin to the herb garden of the gods – indulgent and complex – but at 0.75 oz, it knows not to overshadow the mezcal. It’s like adding the perfect amount of flair to your outfit. Miss it out, and your cocktail lacks depth. Try substituting with Yellow Chartreuse for a milder, sweeter touch.

Mary Mitkina

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur zests up the party at 0.75 oz. It's that friend who's always a little overdressed, but the party's better for it. Leave it out, and the drink loses its refined edge. You could flirt with a dash of simple syrup, but it's like replacing a diamond with a zircon – similar sparkle, less prestige.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

Squeezed from the juiciest limes, 0.75 oz of lime juice cuts through the rich tapestry of flavors with a citrusy punch. No lime juice is like a beach without sun – why bother? A lemon could step in, but lime keeps it on the straight and narrow.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Closing Argument Drink

  1. Add 2.25 oz of mezcal, 0.75 oz of Green Chartreuse, 0.75 oz of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and 0.75 oz of lime juice into a shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Fine strain the mixture into a chilled Coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime twist, expressing the oils over the drink before placing it.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the Coupe glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold.
  • When garnishing with the lime twist, make sure to twist it over the drink to release the essential oils.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled seafood: The smoky flavor of mezcal pairs beautifully with grilled fish or shrimp, echoing the charred notes.
  • Citrus-based Dishes: The bright acidity of lime juice in the cocktail complements citrusy salads or ceviches.
  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of dark chocolate can provide an enjoyable counterbalance to the herbal notes from the Green Chartreuse.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Mexican Lager: A light beer can be a refreshing follow to the rich and complex flavors of the Closing Argument.
  • Aged Tequila: For those interested in exploring more agave spirit expressions alongside their cocktail.

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What you could change in Closing Argument

  • Mezcal: If you can't find Medre Mezcal, any good quality mezcal will do. Del Maguey Vida is a suitable alternative.
  • Green Chartreuse: There's no true substitute for its unique flavor, but Yellow Chartreuse can be used for a milder taste.
  • Luxardo Maraschino: Maraschino liqueurs from other brands like Maraska can be used, though the flavor profile may slightly differ.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Orchard

  • Swap out mezcal for apple-infused mezcal: This gives an autumnal, fruity twist.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon syrup: To complement the apple infusion and add a warming note.
  • Recipe: Use the same proportions, add 0.25 oz cinnamon syrup. Shake all ingredients, strain and serve with an apple slice.

Herbal Remedy

  • Replace Green Chartreuse with a mix of fresh basil and mint syrup: For a fresher, more garden-based herbal profile.
  • Recipe: Muddle fresh basil leaves with 0.25 oz mint syrup, add remaining ingredients, shake, double strain, and serve with a basil leaf garnish.

Cherry Limeade

  • Replace Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur with cherry syrup: Swapping in cherry syrup offers a sweeter, cherry-forward take on the drink.
  • Use lime cordial in place of lime juice for a less acidic zing.
  • Recipe: Use 0.75 oz cherry syrup, 0.5 oz lime cordial in place of the maraschino and lime juice, then proceed as normal.

In case you forgot basics how to make Closing Argument

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Closing Argument

Can the Closing Argument cocktail be made in batch for a party?

While it's generally best to make cocktails fresh, you can batch the spirits for the Closing Argument in advance. Multiply each ingredient by the number of servings and mix in a pitcher or jug. When it's time to serve, shake individual portions with ice and add the garnish.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Closing Argument?

To make a non-alcoholic version, replace the mezcal with a smoky tea, such as Lapsang Souchong, the Green Chartreuse with a non-alcoholic herbal syrup, and the Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur with a cherry syrup. Adjust proportions to taste.

What is the origin of Green Chartreuse?

Green Chartreuse is a French herbal liqueur produced by the Carthusian Monks since the 1740s. It's named after the monks' Grande Chartreuse monastery in the Chartreuse Mountains.

Why is shaking the cocktail important?

Shaking the cocktail with ice chills it rapidly, dilutes it slightly for balance, and ensures that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed for the best flavor and texture.

Can I use a different type of glass to serve the Closing Argument?

While a chilled Coupe glass is traditional, you can also serve the Closing Argument in a Martini glass or any other small, stemmed glass that would maintain the cold temperature of the drink.

Are there any notable cocktails similar to the Closing Argument?

The Last Word is another cocktail that features Green Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur prominently, but it substitutes gin for mezcal and adds a touch of chartreuse to create a different herbaceous profile.

What's the significance of garnishing with a lime twist?

Garnishing with a lime twist adds a fresh citrus aroma to the drink, enhancing the sensory experience and complementing the existing flavors in the cocktail.

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