We call this our latest creation The Last Hurrah. It’s a slight twist on the classic cocktail The Last Word – and every bit as delicious. This cocktail only has four ingredients, but they create a really balanced flavour – a little bit sweet, a little bit sour. It’s totally a sipper.
If you’re not familiar with The Last Word then we’ll bring you up to speed. It’s a cocktail with an interesting backstory. The creation of this beauty cocktail dates back to the Prohibition era and it pretty much fell off the radar shortly after that until 2004. Its revival is credited to a Seattle bartender named Murray Stenson, who found the recipe in a 1951 cocktail manual called Bottoms Up! – one of the only places the recipe was even printed – and began serving the drink at the Zig Zag Cafe (sidenote: we would like to get our hands on Bottom’s Up!, it sounds great). Since then, it’s considered a revived classic and has been popping up on more and more bar menus, including ones in Toronto.
The Last Word is made with gin, lime juice, Luxardo maraschino liqueur and Chartreuse. Our twist on it is very similar: it’s got gin, lime juice, Chartreuse and Heering cherry liqueur. Why swap Heering for Luxardo you ask? Well, we’re not going to lie to you, a hasty trip to our local liquor store led to a quick grab of the wrong cherry liqueur. But, we’re firm believers of the bed we make for ourselves, and this cocktail was hella delicious, so we’re gonna own it. We’re starting a new trend. Instead of a light green hue like the original cocktail, ours looks similar to a Manhattan, which is classy AF – so we’re rolling with it.
- 3/4 oz gin
- 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 3/4 oz Heering Cherry Liqueur
- 3/4 oz Chartreuse
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice, and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Cheers and sip.