This bright pre-prohibition era cocktail, originally developed in the Detroit Athletic Club, is a perfect example of how different gins change the taste of a cocktail. As a main ingredient, the type of gin you use can make the Last Word cocktail more herbal or more citrusy.
Here’s what to expect from the different flavor profiles:
An American gin (i.e. Aviation) will give you more floral or herbal flavors & aromas
A London Dry gin (i.e. Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater) will be crisper and juniper forward
An Old Tom Gin is a lighter, sweeter version of a London Dry.
So, go ahead and pick your favorite or try a few and see how this cocktail transforms!
3⁄4 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
3⁄4 oz Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice
This cocktail is traditionally made with equal parts of all 4 ingredients, but since Maraschino can be overpowering, I took it down a notch to make for a more balanced cocktail.
All ingredients should be shaken with ice and served straight up in a martini glass or coupe.