Verde, La Ultima Palabra

I started this blog a few weeks ago as a personal adventure. I snapped some photos and wrote the first article for Casa de Milo before taking a single step into the vast world of cocktail blogging. Since then, I’ve learned that this is a wonderful community to have joined. There are many active bloggers covering a wide range of cocktails. In fact, there’s even a monthly mixology event, Mixology Monday, which I’m excited to participate in for the first time this month.

The theme this month is green. Specifically, it’s not easy bein’ green. The challenge is to incorporate green into a cocktail; whether it be an ingredient or a garnish… just include something green. My mind immediately went to lime, then hopped right over to jalepeño. Green apples, mint? The possibilities are endless. Our host, Ed of Wordsmithing Pantagruel, is apparently quite fond of Green Chartreuse, though. Having had this once or twice in cocktails at restaurants, I figured it’d be a good addition to the liquor cabinet and a bit more of a challenge personally.

I did some searching online, and came up with a few good possibilities, but nothing really jumped out at me. As is often the case, the exciting recipes had too many ingredients that I don’t have stocked, and the others just sounded a bit boring. So I started looking based on what I already have (and what I like). I somehow ended up on a mezcal recipe page which narrowed down my search. Mezcal and Green Chartreuse sounded like a really interesting combination. But I wanted a bit more green than any of those recipes afforded. So the search continued. Until I found la ultima palabra. I was sold. (I’m not quite sure who to give credit to for this recipe. It seems somewhat unique, but it’s based on the last word cocktail just swapping out gin for mezcal.) Plus, it has some extra green points… lime.

The recipe here is really simple. It’s an equal parts recipe:

La Ultima Palabra

  • ¾ oz Green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz Mezcal (Fidencio Sin Humo)
  • ¾ oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • ¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur (Luxardo)

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add a good amount of ice. Shake until cold (about 20 seconds), strain into your cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime twist.

This is one very refreshing cocktail. Mezcal is a spirit that you either love or hate. If you’re on the fence, give it try here. Fidencio’s Sin Humo (meaning without smoke) is a really smooth mezcal. It still has a bit of smokiness, but it really lets the Chartreuse shine in this cocktail. Personally, I thought that the maraschino liqueur was a bit overpowering, so I tried a second round with the following ratios:

  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 oz Mezcal (Fidencio Sin Humo)
  • 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • ⅓ oz Maraschino Liqueur (Luxardo)

The result was a drink that was much more to my liking. Play around with it yourself. It was truly delightful!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the green submissions in the comments of the initial posting and the discussion forms.

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6 thoughts on “Verde, La Ultima Palabra

  1. Alex

    Love this! I love mezcal, I love Chartreuse and I love Last Word cocktail.
    Surely I should give a try to this drink. Many thanks!
    Alex

  2. Alex

    Now drinking your second version. A bit unusual because of using smoky mezcal but interesting, definitely. I think I should try it with Cointreau instead of maraschino. Also yellow Chartreuse work well here. It made the drink a bit smoother…

  3. Whitney Post author

    Alex, the Cointreau substitution sounds delightful. I’ll have to give that a try as well!

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