Classic Cocktail Corner: The Last Word

Ah yes, there is something exceptionally delicious about a classic cocktail.
Whether it’s the history behind the drink, or the yearning for a simpler time, sometimes the mood is a cocktail that doesn’t have much fuss, it’s just all about the flavor.

Welcome to Barchive’s Classic Cocktail Corner!

This week’s recommendation? Meet The Last Word!

Backstory: Hailing from Detroit, MI, this gin-based cocktail first graced the scene around the Prohibition Era, appearing on the cocktail menu at the Detroit Athletic Club. While it’s come a long way since the days of illegal bathtub gin, this drink fell out of favor through the years, until it’s renaissance during the early 2000s, credited to bartender Murray Stenson at the Zig Zag Cafe (Seattle).

Provided below is the first known printed recipe of The Last Word, found in Ted Saucier’s cocktail book Bottoms Up! (1951). He credits vaudeville performer, Frank Fogarty, for bringing it onto the NYC drink scene.

The Last Word

¾ oz. Dry Gin
¾ oz. Maraschino
¾ oz. Chartreuse
¾ oz. Lime Juice
Ice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake, then strain and serve in a cocktail glass (stemmed glass with an inverted cone bowl).