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Happy Hour: The Last Word

On Monday night I headed over to my favorite bar, 15 Romolo, to be a guest judge for a Gong-Show Karaoke competition. The event was sponsored by Chartreuse, an aromatic French liquor with a vibrant green color. It just so happens that my current favorite cocktail — The Last Word — uses Chartreuse. I ordered one and asked my bartending buddy, Aaron how to make it.

The Last Word is a classic concoction that dates back to prohibition. It's an expertly created cocktail with four simple ingredients that mix perfectly. The Last Word is not sweet or bitter, but wonderfully balanced and smooth. Don't be intimidated by the gin, because the portions are equal, you won't even know it's there! A last word of warning though, drink too many of these and you may end up hungover. To look at the simple recipe,


The Last Word

The Last Word

The Last Word


  1. 3/4 ounce gin
  2. 3/4 ounce Chartreuse (green)
  3. 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  4. 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  5. lime wheel, optional for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the ingredients. Shake.
  2. Strain into a martini glass or Champagne coupe and garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy!

Makes 1 cocktail.

SATClover SATClover 8 years
CaterpillarGirl that seems a little harsh....I have noticed that a lot of Yum's pictures are taken at restaurants and bars on the fly, and because of the dim lighting it's hard to get a good picture sometimes. My camera sucks in restaurants and don't even get me started on trying to take pictures of a beautiful wedding inside a dimly lit church... On another note, this cocktail sounds delicious, is it easy to find Chartreuse?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
judging from the prevalence of stock photos on here and the terrible shots that are "real", Yum needs to learn how to take pictures. Most food blogs are light years ahead in that department.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Sounds very different.
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