Hey, come on in! We're celebrating 505 posts here at the manor.
I mixed up some very nice drinks, including this one, which we are
dubbing "The Stankus". Bill posted this recipe a week or so ago.
Actually, it's called the "Last Word" and it is very tasty. Hop on
over to Just a Moment of Miscellany and say hello. Bill's a very
talented guy and an excellent writer. Plus, he's nice.
Use equal parts of fresh squeezed lime juice, green Chartreuse, gin
and maraschino liqueur. Pour the ingredients into a shaker, add a
handful of ice, shake and serve. I garnished with a bing cherry.
Note: Maraschino liqueur is not the same as cherry liqueur or the
bright red maraschino cherry often used as a drink garnish.
Maraschino liqueur is made from Marasca cherries and is clear and
relatively dry tasting. I also read where you can substitute lemon
juice for the lime.
I did a little research and learned this cocktail was introduced about
thirty years ago by Frank Fogarty, who was very well known in
vaudeville. He was called the "Dublin Minstrel" and was a very fine
monologue artist.” So wrote Ted Saucier in 1951 when introducing
this drink in Bottoms Up. Saucier credits the drink to the Detroit
Athletic Club, and if the bartender’s recollection is correct, that
would place the Last Word as a Prohibition-era cocktail.
If that’s the case, then the Last Word is one of the finest cocktails
to come out of that bleak period in American history. Four
ingredients–two of them fairly exotic–working in equal parts to
create perfect harmony.
Thanks, Bill! The Last Word has a deliciously unique flavor that took
me straight back in time.