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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.

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