The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The Last Word is one of the most delicious and refreshing drinks from the Prohibition-era originally created at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The equal parts cocktail is a sour style of drink made with gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice, shaken and served up. The flavour profile is layered combining the botanicals and freshness of the gin with the herbal notes of Chartreuse, the sweetness of the cherry balanced with the tartness of the fresh lime juice. You can read all about Chartreuse in our primer article here.

For a variation of The Last Word, swap the gin for the smokiness of mezcal. It adds another dimension to the drink with earthiness and smoke that complement the herbal notes of the Green Chartreuse.

The Last Word Cocktail Recipe


  • 25 ml gin (or mezcal)
  • 25 ml Maraschino liqueur
  • 25 ml Green Chartreuse
  • 25 ml lime juice

Glassware: coupette or cocktail glass


In a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupette or cocktail glass.

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The Last Word Cocktail Recipe was last modified: November 1st, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.