The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail that gained renewed awareness in recent years in the hands of legendary Seattle bartender Murray Stenson. In 2007, Phil Ward, at Death & Co. in New York, came up with this simple variation, perfectly balancing the power of higher-proof bonded rye with the formidable duo of Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur. The result? Deceptively simple and gloriously complex. In a nod to the original, it involves equal measures of every ingredient.
Bold, spicy rye forms the base of timeless drinks like the Manhattan, and it continues to inspire today’s bartenders.
Pineapple gum syrup and lime juice intensify flavor in this revamped version of a classic rye whiskey cocktail.