The Final Ward [Cocktail Recipe]

The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail that gained renewed awareness in recent years in the hands of legendary Seattle bartender Murray Stenson. In 2007, Phil Ward, at Death & Co. in New York, came up with this simple variation, perfectly balancing the power of higher-proof bonded rye with the formidable duo of Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur. The result? Deceptively simple and gloriously complex. In a nod to the original, it involves equal measures of every ingredient.

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  • ¾ oz. bottled in bond rye whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz. maraschino liqueur, such as Luxardo
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice


Add all ingredients with ice to shaker and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe.

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