One of our very favorite cocktails of late has been the Last Word. Equal parts Luxardo, Chartreuse, gin, and lime juice, this refresher is citrus-forward enough to be crowd-friendly but herbally complex enough to keep the interest of the most curmudgeonly craft cocktail hipster. The two liqueurs are unique and give a “this tastes familiar but I can’t put my finger on it” mystique. Luxardo has become our secret weapon, with its funky bitter cherry pit flavor bringing the Tiki to the party. The Chartreuse is the star here, though: a liqueur made in a single French monastery since 1737. Although it contains some 130 herbs and botanicals, only two monks at any given time know the recipe.
The recipe originated during the gin boom under Prohibition, and has, like the Corpse Reviver #2, had a renaissance in the past few years. It doesn’t hurt that the drink is beautiful to look at in the coupe as well. We support the local boys at Cardinal Gin in Western North Carolina, and their smooth blend of botanicals complements the Chartreuse perfectly.
1 oz. each lime juice, Chartreuse, Luxardo, and gin, shaken and strained.