The Bad Word (Gin Cocktail With Lime, Chartreuse, and Gran Classico) Recipe

Vicky Wasik

Why This Recipe Works

  • Shaking the drink aerates it slightly, giving it a great, very lightly foamy texture.
  • Herbal Chartreuse and bittersweet Gran Classico bring a sophisticated depth to an otherwise bracing, chilling, and refreshing drink.

This variation on The Last Word, created by Dan Chadwick of Kindred Cocktails, leaves out the maraschino liqueur and instead pairs the smooth, citrusy amaro Gran Classico with gin, Green Chartreuse, and fresh lime juice. The resulting drink is fresh and tart, with an herbal backbone and a bracing, bitter edge. It's like a gimlet mashed with a Negroni, or a margarita that's pleasingly bitter.

Recipe Details

The Bad Word (Gin Cocktail With Lime, Chartreuse, and Gran Classico) Recipe

Active 3 mins
Total 3 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh juice from 1 to 2 limes

  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) Green Chartreuse

  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) Gran Classico

  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) gin (see note)


  1. Add lime, Green Chartreuse, Gran Classico, and gin to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and strainer


We love this drink with Bluecoat American Dry Gin from Philadelphia, but you can use whatever gin you have on hand.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
183 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 183
% 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 6mg 32%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 33mg 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.)