The Last Word

November 30, 2016 by Robbie Stowe

The Last Word is a gin-based prohibition-era cocktail originally developed at the Detroit Athletic Club. While the drink eventually fell out of favor, it has recently enjoyed a renewed popularity after being rediscovered as a cult hit in the Seattle area by bartender Murray Stenson during his tenure at the Zig Zag Café.

The taste may also vary slightly depending on the brand of gin being used. The original cocktail at the Detroit Athletic Club during the prohibition era used bathtub gin, and even today the club is using its own recreation of “prohibition era bathtub gin” (vodka, spices, herbs, citrus) for it. Some variations of the cocktail have sprung up, which usually replace the gin with another base liquor and sometimes switch the limes for lemons. A particularly well-known variation is The Final Ward, created by the New York bartender Phil Ward, who replaced the gin with rye whiskey and the lime juice with lemon juice.


  1. 20ml Tanqueray Gin
  2. 20ml Chartreuse
  3. 20ml Herring Cherry liqueur
  4. 20ml Fresh lime


  • Add all ingredients to shaker
  • Shake
  • Double strain
  • Garnish




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POST BY Robbie Stowe
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