The Last Word cocktail is a classic Prohibition-era cocktail that was first created at the Detroit Athletic Club in the early 20th century. It experienced a resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s and has since become a staple at craft cocktail bars around the world. The cocktail is known for its unique combination of flavors and its beautiful green hue.
- Prohibition-era origin
- Created at the Detroit Athletic Club
- Resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s
The Last Word is a well-balanced cocktail with a complex flavor profile. It is simultaneously sweet, sour, herbal, and slightly bitter. The gin provides a strong, juniper-forward base, while the Chartreuse adds a rich, herbal complexity. The maraschino liqueur brings a touch of sweetness, and the lime juice adds a refreshing, tart finish.
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What is the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of the various spirits used in The Last Word cocktail?
Generally, gin has an ABV around 37.5-50%, Green Chartreuse has an ABV of 55%, and Maraschino Liqueur has an ABV around 32%.
How can I store my unused Green Chartreuse and Maraschino Liqueur?
Both can be kept at room temperature, but should be stored in a cool, dark place. Once opened, they should be consumed within 1-2 years for best taste.
Is The Last Word suitable for vegans/vegetarians?
Yes, this cocktail doesn't contain any animal products.
When is the best time to enjoy The Last Word?
Being a fairly strong and complex cocktail, The Last Word is often enjoyed as an aperitif, before meals.
Is there a non-alcoholic version of The Last Word?
Non-alcoholic substitutes for spirits are available, but the unique blend of flavors in The Last Word might be hard to replicate exactly. You might try experimenting with herbal and citrus infusions and non-alcoholic liqueurs.