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I found another cocktail recipe that many suggested as the perfect cocktail to introduce oneself to Chartreuse… The Last Word.
Whether it’s a good introduction to Chartreuse or not, I don’t care… it’s a delicious cocktail! The recipe calls for maraschino liqueur, which I don’t have. Based on how much I love Cherry Heering, I should probably buy some (typically Luxardo’s the recommended brand). I’ve never had maraschino liqueur, but I’ve read that it’s sweeter than the liqueur I have… the glorious Peter Heering Cherry liqueur. Cherry Heering is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients, and supposedly it’s a much richer, tarter tasting cherry liqueur… different than maraschino liqueur, but what I have (and what I happen to love), so I figured it’s close enough to make The Last Word. Maybe I’m wrong… I don’t know, but if I am wrong… I don’t wanna be right ; )
So the typical recipe for a Last Word is:
“The Last Word”
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1 oz gin
1 oz green Chartreuse
1 oz maraschino liqueur
1 oz lime juice
Shake well and strain in to a chilled cocktail glass.
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My recipe, given what I have on hand, is:
“Denis’ Last Word”

1 oz gin
1 oz green Chartreuse
1 oz Cherry Heering
1 oz lime juice
Very good, I must say! Actually, I should say… very good potential. What I mean is that with a little tinkering, I could tell that this drink had the potential to be one of my favorites. This version, which I doubt the swapping out of a different cherry liqueur would have this effect… was much too heavy on the lime flavor. Maybe it was because I used bottled, pre-fab lime juice, I don’t know… I doubt a trusted recipe such as this would be so heavy on the lime taste though. Also, I’d used a brand of gin called New Amsterdam, thinking that I didn’t like the way a stronger gin like Tanqueray seemed to compete with the taste of Chartreuse in the Bijou drink. For this drink, I used New Amsterdam gin instead, a much tamer, lighter gin. Big mistake… maybe it was the overpowering lime juice or maybe it was the weaker gin, but I could barely detect the gin. So… I made some adjustments in my mind…
A couple nights later, I tweaked the recipe, and voila! One of my favorite drinks! Since it’s not the original recipe of The Last Word, maybe I should rename it? Maybe this one should be called The Counter Argument?
“The Counter Argument”

1 oz Tanqueray Gin
1 oz green Chartreuse
1 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz lime juice
Shake well and strain in to a chilled cocktail glass.
Delicious!!!
The Counter Argument beat The Last Word, in my opinion. At least The Counter Argument beat my tweaked version of the Last Word (with a different cherry liqueur). Without having maraschino liqueur, I can’t say 100% what a true Last Word tastes like. But I’m pretty happy with my Counter Argument.
And I’m pretty happy with my bottle of Chartreuse… whether I’m drinking it straight on the rocks, or if I’m mixing it with gin and Cherry Heering. It’s a pretty wonderful elixir. Once autumn rolls back around (which I’m in no rush for), I look forward to trying a Brigadier, which is…
“Brigadier”
1 oz green Chartreuse
1 oz Cherry Heering
About 4 ounces hot chocolate
Mix ingredients in a warmed mug and stir

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