The Last Word Recipe

Herbal, bracing, and worthy of its classic cocktail status.

Vicky Wasik

You could call the Last Word the true zombie of the cocktail world. Unlike the Zombie—that venerable tiki concoction which was constantly altered over the years, but which never actually disappeared—the Last Word was created and was then promptly forgotten for decades, before being brought back to life (rising from the grave, as it were) —stronger and more powerful than ever.

The Last Word dates to Prohibition, as far as anyone can tell, and except for a brief mention in Bottoms Up!—a 1951 cocktail manual by Ted Saucier—the drink languished in obscurity until the early aughts, when Seattle bartender Murray Stenson dusted off the recipe and began serving the drink to customers at Zig Zag Café. Fast-forward to the present day, and the Last Word is a fully revived classic, gracing the bar menus in cities around the globe. More popular now than it ever was in its youth, the Last Word is a surprisingly tasty balance of four ingredients —gin, lemon, Maraschino, and green Chartreuse— working in perfect unison. Mix one up this weekend, and make up for lost time.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Active: 2 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 3/4 ounce gin

  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur

  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse


  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, and shake briskly for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Special Equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
203 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 36mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)