Last Word Cocktail Recipe

One of my favorite Prohibition-era cocktails consisting of gin, green chartreuse, and maraschino liqueur.

Last Word Cocktail Recipe

The last word cocktail is one of my favorite Prohibition-era cocktails. End of discussion ;). The drink is right down the middle in terms of taste and makeup. Smooth, well-balanced flavors that aren’t too strong or too sweet. Ever had an Aviation? 3 of the 4 ingredients are (almost) the same, in fact, it has really similar characteristics.

VERY Brief History

Originally created at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1915, the last word was recently brought back into the spotlight in 2004 by Bartender, Murry Stenson, at the Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle, USA.

Last Word Ingredients

The last word is a simple drink consisting of equal parts gin, green chartreuse (not to be confused with yellow chartreuse), maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

It’s hard to really describe because it’s a spirit-forward cocktail, yet very mild and refreshing with a subtle sweetness. It’s citrusy and full of unique floral spices thanks to the gin and green chartreuse French liqueur.

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Last Word Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


The last word is a simple drink consisting of equal parts gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.


  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 Maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 Green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 fresh lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker with plenty of ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 193
  • Sugar: 36g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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