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Crafting Perfection: The Last Word Cocktail Recipe Unveiled

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Hey there cocktail enthusiasts! Today, let’s embark on a delightful journey into the world of mixology as we unravel the secrets behind the captivating Last Word cocktail. Picture this: a cozy dinner, friends gathered, and the pièce de résistance – The Last Word Cocktail. Trust me; you’re in for a treat!

Our recent family dinner was graced by the presence of our lovely granddaughter, Molly, and her friends. After a satisfying meal, we decided to elevate the evening with a touch of sophistication – espresso and a unique after-dinner drink featuring the mysterious Green Chartreuse. Produced by the enigmatic French Carthusian monks, this liqueur is a concoction of over a hundred herbs, including the surprising addition of cannabis. The exact recipe? Well, that’s a closely guarded secret held by the monks themselves.

Now, Chartreuse is undoubtedly exquisite on its own, meant for slow sipping and savoring each intricate flavor. However, we’re about to take it up a notch by introducing you to The Last Word cocktail – a blend of gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and a dash of fresh lime juice. Brace yourself for an explosion of flavors that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight.

Crafting The Last Word Cocktail

Let’s dive into the magic of crafting this exceptional cocktail. The Last Word brings together the following ingredients:

¾ oz. Gin

¾ oz. Maraschino liqueur

¾ oz. Green Chartreuse

¾ Fresh Lime Juice

Here’s the secret handshake to unlock the magic:

Combine and Shake: Gather all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker generously filled with ice. The gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and fresh lime juice join forces in a dance of flavors.

Shake, Shake, Shake: Give it a good shake, allowing the ice to meld with the ingredients, creating a symphony of tastes that will dance on your palate.

Strain and Serve: Strain the concoction into a chilled cocktail glass, and behold the liquid masterpiece you’ve just created.

Garnish with Elegance: Complete the ritual by garnishing your creation with a cherry. This final touch adds a touch of sweetness that harmonizes with the bold flavors of the cocktail.

The Last Word Unveiled

As you take that first sip of The Last Word, you’ll be greeted by an intricate balance of herbal notes from the Green Chartreuse, the subtle sweetness of maraschino liqueur, and the citrusy kick from the fresh lime juice. The gin, like a maestro, conducts this symphony, ensuring that each ingredient plays its part without overshadowing the others.

This cocktail isn’t just a drink; it’s an experience, an exploration of flavors that will have you pondering the artistry behind mixology. The Last Word is not just a recipe; it’s a testament to the creativity that arises when different ingredients come together in perfect harmony.

Why The Last Word Stands Out

In the vast universe of cocktails, The Last Word has earned its place as a timeless classic. Its unique combination of ingredients sets it apart, making it a favorite among both seasoned cocktail aficionados and those new to the world of mixed drinks.

The balance of sweet, herbal, and citrusy notes makes The Last Word a versatile concoction suitable for various occasions. Whether you’re hosting a soirée or seeking a nightcap that transcends the ordinary, this cocktail is your ticket to a world of refined taste.

Conclusion

As we wrap up our exploration of The Last Word cocktail, we invite you to step into the realm of mixology and try your hand at crafting this masterpiece. Share it with friends, savor it slowly, and let the flavors transport you to a place where every sip is a celebration of craftsmanship.

The Last Word isn’t just a cocktail recipe; it’s an invitation to indulge in the art of mixology. So, gather your ingredients, don your imaginary bartender hat, and let the alchemy of flavors unfold in the comfort of your home. Cheers to The Last Word – the best cocktail recipe that promises an unforgettable journey for your taste buds!

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Horse Radish Infused Vodka

Horse Radish Infused VodkaHorse Radish Infused Vodka

We had dinner at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant on 2nd Avenue.  As usual the food, service and Ukrainian beer were great. I saw something on the menu I’d never noticed before – Horse Radish Infused Vodka. Served chilled and straight in a shot glass with a pickle garnish, it was cold and crisp and just a great opener for the meal we had. If you want to try this and can’t get to the East Village, you’re going to need fresh horse radish root. 

Horse Radish Infused Vodka

Just two simple ingredients – vodka and fresh horse radish.


Using the largest holes on a box grater, grate enough horse radish to fill 1/4 cup.Horse Radish Infused Vodka


Horse Radish Infused Vodka

Add the grated horse radish to a liter of vodka and store for 48 hours. Taste it and if it isn’t strong enough give it another 24 hours. Strain out the horse radish and serve very cold.


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Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm

Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm

 

Fanny's Sweet RhythmI watched a bartender make one of these and asked him what was in it. It’s basically gin on the rocks with a very theatrical presentation. He said it was called “Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm” and he didn’t know why. It’s pretty and tastes good so give it a try.

Fanny's Sweet Rhythm

 

Fanny's Sweet Rhythm

Muddle the mint and orange bitters in a rocks glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, pour in the gin and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of mint.
Invert a half lime so that the peel faces in, place on top of the crushed ice and pour Green Chartreuse into shell. Light the Chartreuse, let it burn for 30 seconds to warm the oils in the lime skin, then tip into the drink.

Fanny's Sweet Rhythm

Fanny's Sweet Rhythm

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Three Classic Cocktails

Three Classic Cocktails

Sidecar

Three Classic Cocktails
Ingredients:
  • Granulated sugar
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, plus more for glass
  • 2 oz. brandy
  • ¾ oz. Cointreau or triple sec
Wet the rim of a coupe glass with lemon juice and dip it into sugar sprinkled on a plate.  Shake off excess and set it aside. Three Classic CocktailsPut  the lemon juice, brandy, and Cointreau into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake. Strain into the sugared glass.Three Classic Cocktails

Boulevardier

Three Classic Cocktails
Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1oz. Campari
  • 1oz. sweet vermouth
  • Lemon twist garnish

Pour the Bourbon, Campari, and vermouth into a  rocks glass filled with  ice. Stir and garnish with lemon twist.

Three Classic Cocktails

Mai Tai

Three Classic Cocktails
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ oz. white rum
  • ¾ oz. orange Cointreau or curaçao
  • ¾ oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz. orzata or orgeat
  • ½ oz. dark rum
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish
Add the white rum, Cointreau, lime juice and orzata to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Float the dark rum over the top. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.Three Classic Cocktails

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Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day
There’s a popular sit-com called The Big Bang Theory. One of the characters, Raj, can’t talk to a woman unless he’s had a drink. His drink of choice, of all things, is a Grasshopper. I’ve heard of them but never had one, so I thought I’d try it.
It’s a simple three-ingredient cocktail –

Saint Patrick's Day

You put all the ingredients together, shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. You get a pretty green drink that I suppose is the same color as a grasshopper. It’s a pretty cocktail for Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick's Day

It’s great for a sit-com but I’ll probably never have one again. It tasted just like a Peppermint Patty.

Saint Patrick's Day

FYI – If you replace the crème de menthe with brandy, you have a Brandy Alexander (much better).

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Cocktails – some new ones

The Fall Classic Cocktail

We got this recipe from the bartender who invented it for the Sept. 2011 Landmark Feast at the American Museum of Natural History.

Fall Classic

Fall Classic Cocktail

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Add a sprinkle of Angostura.

*cider thyme syrup – 2 cups cider, 1 cup sugar and a few sprigs of thyme. Boil slowly until clear and let it cool. Remove thyme and it’s done.


Bull Shot

Not as dainty as a Mimosa but a very good brunch drink.

Bull Shot

Pour all ingredients over ice in a 10 oz glass, stir and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Zubrowka


Philly Special

Philly tended bar in a place on Stanton Street between the Bowery and Forsyth in the 1960s when it was still the Lower East Side (pre-gentrification). This was his creation.Philly Special

Pour both over ice – simple!

Philly Special


Vodka on the Rocks

A Russian friend gave me this one. Sounds simple but there’s more to it than you might think.

Vodka on the Rocksod

Vodka on the Rocks

Cut a cucumber into thick slices and freeze them solid. Put them into a rocks glass as you would ice, and cover with Vodka.

1st – melting ice doesn’t dilute your drink.

2nd – there’s a fresh aroma of cucumbers with every sip


Caipirinha

A Brazilian friend taught me how to make Caipirinhas. We went to buy limes and I asked how many should I get. She said, “How many Caipirnhas do you want?” So that’s one lime per drink.

caipirinha

Lime – Sugar – Cachaca

Cut the 2 ends of a lime so that you have a barrel shape. Cut that into 4 rings and stack them. Cut that stack into quarters so you now have 16 small wedges of lime.

Put the lime into a heavy duty rocks glass and crush with 2 tea spoons of sugar.

Add ice and fill glass with Cachaca and stir. Some bartenders add a splash of 7-Up.