Drink of the Weekend: The Last Word

on February 1, 2013


As we welcome Weekendtrips Detroit, we dedicate this edition of “Drink of the Weekend” to one of the more prolific Detroit cocktails found in the Motor City, The Last Word.

The Last Word was created during the 1920s prohibition in Detroit at the Detroit Athletic Club; using bathtub gin and lime. The Last Word then went underground and disappeared for decades until it was found by a bartender at Seattle’s Zig Zag Cafe in a 1950’s cocktail book.

Today mixologists will use Tanqueray No. Ten and mix with fresh lime juice, chartreuse (a French liqueur distilled by monks and made from a secret recipe of over 130 plants, flowers and herbs) and crystal clear Luxardo maraschino liqueur.

Here’s the actual recipe they use at the Detroit Athletic Club:

¾ oz DAC “Annex” Gin
¾ ox Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
¾ ox Green Chartreuse
¾ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

But remember to fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then pour all ingredients into the shaker. Now shake and strain everything into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. If enjoy alcoholic drinks as much as the next Weekendtripper, come back every Friday for a new edition of “Drink of the Weekend.”