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The Last Word

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My waiter asks me for an "End of the World" today.

I told her I was gay.

It turned out her guest asked for a Last Word.

Awkward....

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It turns out there is such a thing as a World's End cocktail, but it's not related to the Last Word. It's a riff on the Corpse Reviver No. 2 with blue curaçao, inspired by the movie. Who knew?

 

I tried a tequila variant of the cocktail recently, Adam Robinson's Last Rites: blanco tequila, lemon juice, yellow chartreuse, maraschino liqueur. It's from a little book, The Cocktail Hour - Tequila (thanks Rafa, my secret Santa!).

It's very good. Switching from green to yellow chartreuse allows the tequila to shine.

 

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It turns out there is such a thing as a World's End cocktail, but it's not related to the Last Word. It's a riff on the Corpse Reviver No. 2 with blue curaçao, inspired by the movie. Who knew?

 

I tried a tequila variant of the cocktail recently, Adam Robinson's Last Rites: blanco tequila, lemon juice, yellow chartreuse, maraschino liqueur. It's from a little book, The Cocktail Hour - Tequila (thanks Rafa, my secret Santa!).

It's very good. Switching from green to yellow chartreuse allows the tequila to shine.

 

 

 

Interesting. Might it warrant a trial with lime juice instead of lemon? I would likely also explore the use of a reposado to see if it adds a touch of depth. Between the maraschino and chartreuse it might already have plenty of bite to it.

 

In any case there seems to be room to play!


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I tried a tequila variant of the cocktail recently, Adam Robinson's Last Rites: blanco tequila, lemon juice, yellow chartreuse, maraschino liqueur. It's from a little book, The Cocktail Hour - Tequila (thanks Rafa, my secret Santa!).

It's very good. Switching from green to yellow chartreuse allows the tequila to shine.

 

Is this equal proportions?

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Huh, I thought I had added that one to KC. I believe it was equal parts.


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Huh, I thought I had added that one to KC. I believe it was equal parts.

 

I reflected on the Last Rites a while.  Considering the ingedients I have on hand I thought the drink would be too sweet to be enjoyable as it stood with equal proportions.  Here is my solution (pun possibly intended):

 

1 1/2 oz Patron anejo

3/4 oz yellow Chartreuse VEP

3/4 oz maraschino

3/4 oz lemon juice

 

 

One of the more satisfactory beverages I have had.  And it just fit in the coupe!

 

Not to let that stand in the way, I made another version:

 

2 oz Patron anejo

1/2 oz yellow Chartreuse VEP

1/2 oz maraschino

1 oz lemon juice

 

 

I like this too, but I think I should have held the lemon at 3/4 oz, or possibly switched to lime.  However I realize this is getting into the realm of a different drink.

 

Yeah, nice...too bad I didn't measure.

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OK, for science!  I measured carefully.  No limes were harmed in the making of this drink:

 

3/4 Patron anejo

3/4 oz yellow Chartreuse VEP

3/4 oz maraschino

3/4 oz lemon juice

 

 

This is a dessert drink, and sadly I have not had dinner yet.  Even for a dessert drink this is far too sweet for me.  I would not make this again.  I guess different folks have different tastes.  As for me I can't choke this down.  An old, old drink like Widow's Kiss is so much better.

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Shook another shot of tequila.  Fixed it up so I could drink it.  I do love the flavors though.

 

In all my years I'd not had maraschino nor Chartreuse till recently.  What a waste.  In the forties and fifties our bathroom was chartreuse, and I think that turned me off.

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These have to be the most expensive homemade drinks I've ever seen...

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Looking over my notes I realize I have had a few Last Word variants in the past week or so.


 


I found the Final Answer (Link) when I was looking for more things to do with my Buffalo Trace White Dog. The recipe looked quite large for a rich drink, so I cut it in half.


 


1.5 Oz (0.75 Oz) White Whiskey (Recipe called for Death's Door, I used my Buffalo Trace)


1 Oz (0.5 Oz) Green Chartreuse


1 Oz (0.5 Oz) Maraschino


1 Oz (0.5 Oz) Lemon Juice


 


I think there is an inherent sweetness to the white dog that tips the balance a little to far in this one. However, the herbalness of the chartreuse really does star without the gin botanicals present in a Last Word. This one grew on me as it warmed up.


 


 


Other variation I had just a couple nights ago was The Last Stand (Link)


 


0.75 Oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal (My Vida is now almost empty :( )


0.75 Oz Green Chartreuse


0.75 Oz Maraschino


0.75 Oz Lime Juice


 


This is one of the last word variants that truly stands shoulder to shoulder with the original. The spicy Mezcal adds a great dimension to the drink. I think Mezcal and Chartreuse is an even better pairing than Tequila and Chartreuse...

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These have to be the most expensive homemade drinks I've ever seen...

 

They use lemon juice, not lime.

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Hm turns out MoCo is not cheaper than DC for Patron Añejo, where the going price at the respectable places seems to be $60. Still....


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The Last Wynd (Sian Ferguson via Gaz Regan) with Havana Club añejo 3 rum, yellow Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur (Luxardo), lime juice, honey (local sage blossom honey, Mikolich family). I reduced the honey by half and it was still quite sweet. It would be better with less Chartreuse & maraschino.

 

 

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The Last Wynd (Sian Ferguson via Gaz Regan) with Havana Club añejo 3 rum, yellow Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur (Luxardo), lime juice, honey (local sage blossom honey, Mikolich family). I reduced the honey by half and it was still quite sweet. It would be better with less Chartreuse & maraschino.

 

 

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Thanks!  I doubled the rum (Cana Brava) and omitted the honey altogether.  Just right.

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