On paper at least, the Last Word cocktail is a drink that has no business succeeding. But there’s something about the way the funky sweetness of maraschino plays off the tang of the lime, the herbal hit of the chartreuse and the dry, bracing gin that’s given it about 80 years’ worth of success.
It has another thing going for it, too: it’s just four ingredients, mixed in equal parts. Nothing more to remember than the ingredients, measured out at 3/4 ounce each. Or one-and-a-half ounces each if you’re feeling ambitious.