I can appreciate a good Last Word cocktail for sure. It is one of those drinks that introduced me to the world of Green Chartreuse. It’s also a classic Prohibition cocktail that experienced a nice revival thanks to the Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle. It’s complex and yet very approachable which is probably a huge reason for it’s success.
However one thing I can say for the Last Word is that this basic formula works amazingly well by simply swapping in other base spirits for variations. One of these variations is called the Last of the Oaxacans as a nod to the Mezcal that takes the place of the standard Gin that is in the original.
Mezcal is a fantastic smokey liquor that can be sometimes overpowering if you’re not into that sort of thing. However I feel when mixed in this drink the Mezcal blends extremely well giving you a nice Agave flavor with the smokey finish that compliments that many flavors that Chartreuse brings to table. No fancy garnishes or crazy gimmicks here, just a delicious maraschino cherry will do the trick.