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The Last Word, Your First Cocktail Choice

The Last Word, Your First Cocktail Choice

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The Final Phrase is a pre-Prohibition cocktail that represents one of many earlier improvements within the bitter household of cocktails: concoctions that embody lemon and/or lime juice. First seen on a menu on the Detroit Athletic Membership bar in 1916, the drink is alleged to have been named for, or probably created by, standard vaudeville performer Frank Fogarty. He was so famend for his sharp wit he was stated to have all the time gotten in “the final phrase.”

The cocktail, like lots of the period, fell out of favor because the 20th century marched on. For many years, the one report of the unique recipe was in Ted Saucier’s 1951 cocktail handbook, Bottoms Up. Nonetheless, in 2004, Seattle bartender Murray Stenson, then of the Zig Zag Cafe, stumbled throughout Saucier’s recipe and examined the basic cocktail on his clients to nice success.

From there, the drink’s resurgence unfold to Portland, Oregon, earlier than leaping coasts and changing into standard in New York Metropolis’s cocktail bars. A short while later, this revived basic unfold to menus throughout the nation.

The important thing to the drink is Inexperienced Chartreuse, a French natural liqueur with a historical past much more colourful than the cocktail. The unique recipe was created in 1605, supposed as a medicinal elixir. At present, the spirit is constructed from 130 crops, the identification of that are solely recognized by two of the Carthusian monks of La Grande Chartreuse, which makes it one of the intently guarded secrets and techniques within the spirits world.

In 1903, the French authorities exiled the monks to Spain and nationalized the Chartreuse distillery in an try to supply the spirit themselves. Unable to precisely recreate the recipe, the nationalized Chartreuse folded in 1929. The distillery was purchased and gifted again to the monks, who returned to France and retook rightful stewardship of the spirit.

The Final Phrase is a reasonably easy cocktail to make. It makes use of solely 4 components which might be measured in equal components. It’s additionally a improbable choice when entertaining, as its three spirit-based components will be combined collectively forward of time. Simply add recent lime juice earlier than serving.


  • ¾ ounce gin
  • ¾ ounce maraschino liqueur, like Luxardo
  • ¾ ounce Inexperienced Chartreuse
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • Lime twist (for garnish)

Mix all components in cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously 10–15 seconds till effectively chilled. Double-strain by effective mesh strainer into chilled coupe glass or Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with lime twist.

Printed on January 19, 2019

In regards to the Creator

Dylan Garret

Affiliate Digital Editor

A veteran of New York Metropolis’s bar and restaurant scene, Garret has lived, breathed and sweated spirits for greater than a decade, working as a bartender and beverage director at institutions starting from Michelin-starred eateries to native Brooklyn pubs. Becoming a member of Wine Fanatic in 2015, he has very robust opinions on correct cocktail garnish.

Electronic mail: dgarret@wineenthusiast.internet

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