Equal part classics may not seem like the most creative of cocktails but in recent years, these traditional tipples have served as a launchpad of creativity for many a bartender. Take the Negroni for example. Traditionally, equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Swap out the gin for whiskey, you get a Boulevardier. Swap out Campari for Lillet Blanc, you get a French Negroni. The list is endless. The trick is all about proportion and balance. While we can wax lyrical about the Negroni for days, we wanted to share another equal parts classic that is perfect for the hot weather, the Last Word.
Made with equal parts gin, lime, green Chartreuse and Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur, it is deceptively simple. In it’s simplicity, the proportions and base ingredients become all the more important. For instance, if you’re using fresh lime, when you squeezed the lime and how long it has been sitting also makes a difference.
This drink is usually shaken and served in a coupe ungarnished. As you sip it, you immediately taste the bitterness of the Luxardo which soon transitions to the sweetness of the Chartreuse, with the refreshing citrus rounding off taste. Then, the dryness of the gin kicks in and you go in for a second sip. For more tasting notes, check out our video on the Last Word!
If you haven’t tried this taste tipple yet, go to any bar that does a good classic or just make one yourself. We guarantee you will not be disappointed. Now, that’s our LAST WORD. 🙂
May our glasses never be empty, cheers and talk soon.