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The Drink: The Last Word

By Brandon Jolicoeur

This week I wanted to take a look at one of the drinks in last week’s issue that Joey Goar from The Cove highlighted called The Last Word. It is his all-time favorite cocktail, and I figured, “Why not?” The Last Word was created in the 1920s at the Detroit Athletic Club, lost its appeal during WWII, but was revived in 2004.  Of course as the craft goes, you want to try to use as original ingredients as possible, and this one combines Green Chartreuse, Gin, Fresh Lime, Maraschino Liqueur, and is shaken and garnished with a mint leaf.  You can’t help but notice the vibrant green color to the drink as it’s poured into the glass, and once you taste it, you start wondering why it’s called The Last Word.  This deceptive drink at over 30% ABV and 67 proof goes down smooth, almost as if there wasn’t any gin. Only the slight tingle on your lips tells you there’s alcohol in the drink, that if you’re not careful, will knock you out. Over all, this is a well-made and well-balanced drink worth the try with an overriding smell of anise and blended herbs from the Green Chartreuse.

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