HISTORY OF THE LAST WORD
The Last Word cocktail is an equal-parts cocktail sporting botanical notes from gin and Green Chartreuse with a subtle hint of nuttiness from Maraschino Liqueur. The combination of lime juice and Chartreuse shaken into a cocktail glass gives this drink a light, pale green, almost opalescent appearance. Despite its powerful components, the Last Word cocktail is a light and bright, and its finish is long and contemplative.
This cocktail was developed during the Prohibition era, originating from the Detroit Athletic Club’s bar in the mid 1920s. It was served at the bar all through this period and was spread further away from home by vaudeville entertainer Frank Fogarty. The revival of the Last Word’s popularity began around the early 2000s when bartender Murray Stenson added the cocktail the menu at the Zig Zag Café in Seattle. It has since become widely more popular than its origins during the Prohibition Era.