Happy Hour: The Last Word

It’s Friday! That means it’s time to try a new cocktail…well, this one’s actually quite old.

The Last Word

Debatably the coolest part about cocktails isn’t that they’re alcoholic or that they (sometimes) taste great, it’s the stories behind their history. Basically every classic drink has a story and today’s another one of those times.

The Last Word cocktail predates Prohibition, with its earliest record from the Detroit Athletic Club’s cocktail menu in 1916. At 35 cents, it was the priciest drink on the menu. Franky Fogarty, a vaudevillian monologist (essentially a stand up comedian of those days), is attributed with the creation of the drink.

Ted Saucier included the recipe in his 1951 cocktail book, Bottom’s Up, but it was all but lost during WW2. In 2004, a Seattle bartender stumbled onto a copy of Saucier’s book and re-introduced the drink to the public. It became a cult hit in the city and news spread to bars across the world.

What you’ll need to enjoy one:

.75 oz Gin

.75 oz Green Chartreuse

.75 oz Luxardo Liqueur

.75 oz Lime Juice

Mix all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a coupe style glass, straight up, no ice.

Garnish with a twist of lime or a Luxardo cherry.


header image via punchdrink.com

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