Beverages/ Cocktails/ Drinks

The Last Word

This cocktail was named after me!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for following my blog and instagrams (@rosemaryandthegoat and @roundtopjourney). Let’s all hope this year will be one of our best. We are going on six months living here in Round Top and enjoying every minute of it except I would like to see people’s faces that come into Lollitop Sweetshop.

So, why is this cocktail named after me.  Well, my mother always said I had to have the last word and my husband says the same thing. I guess that is a little bit true. BUT, if I know I’m right, I’m just not going to quit talking. 

I can’t quit talking now or you won’t know about this green drink. This cocktail was one of the first pre-prohibition drinks to lead the cocktail revival of the early 1900’s. It was rediscovered by a Seattle bartender Murray Stenson who had seen the drink in an old copy of Bottoms Up! (1951), made it, liked it and then in 2004 put it on his menu at Zig Zag Cafe. This cocktail is made up of equal parts of all the ingredients. The Last Word cocktail falls into the same category as one of my favorites, The Aviation; a cocktail from long ago that found its way back to a bartender’s list of cocktails.

The green Chartreuse  is pretty special as it’s a French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks and allegedly flavored with 130 different herbs giving it a strong medicinal edge. 

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Kotopits (Chicken in Phyllo) is one of my all time favorites to make for company. The appearance of these little bundles look like I slaved all day in the kitchen and they are so quick to make if you have some left over chicken.

I love those Luxardo cherries.

At the beginning of this Covid mess I made myself a “menu” of my favorite cocktails and laminated it. I guess I thought this was going to be a long stressful time getting through this and I was right.  Now I have all my favorite cocktails at hand to make when friends drop by.

The Last Word Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur such as Luxardo
  • 1 1/2 oz. green Chartreuse
  • 1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Chill two stemmed cocktail glasses in freezer
  2. Fill cocktail shaker halfway full with ice. Add the gin, maraschino, Chartreuse and lime juice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 15 second, until well chilled. Strain into chilled glasses.

Recipe Notes

Note: makes 2 cocktails. If you want to make one jumbo use 1 oz. of each ingredient.

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