Last Word Cocktail Recipe

For those who love lime.

Last Word Cocktail
Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word is a very well-known Pre-Prohibition Cocktail that uses Gin at its base, combined with Lime Juice, Maraschino Liqueur, and Green Chartreuse. It’s an equal parts cocktail, which makes memorizing its measurements quick and simple: 4 ingredients; each .75 oz.

Why is it called The Last Word?

The Last Word cocktail got its name from Frank Fogarty, who introduced it to the Detroit Athletic Club in the early 1900s. The cocktail lost popularity during prohibition and was not revived until Murray Stenson, a barman working out of The ZigZag bar in Seattle, retrieved the recipe from a copy of Ted Saucier’s “Bottom Up” (published in 1951) and popularized it in the west coast.


The Pegu Club in NYC popularized it after on the east coast, and now the last word is one of the staple cocktails seen in most cocktail bars.

The Last Word Cocktail

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Prohibition-Era CocktailDifficulty: Easy 🔨




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  • .75 ounces Fords Gin

  • .75 ounces Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

  • .75 ounces Green Chartreuse

  • .75 ounces Lime juice


  • Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker starting with the cheapest ingredients first (the lime juice).
  • Shake all of the ingredients with ice
  • Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass

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  • The Last Word cocktail has been known to switch out its base Gin for other spirits such as Mezcal.
  • The Last Word made with Rye Whiskey instead of Gin is called “The Final Ward” cocktail.


Now that you are familiar with this crafty cocktail, you will be the next to introduce it to your friends.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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