It’s the Chartreuse that makes this drink special.
This vegetal, naturally green or yellow liqueur was first conjured up by the Carthusian Monks of France in 1737.
Supposedly it is the result of the maceration of 130 specific herbs and plants of which are known to only two monks. The result is a bouquet reminiscent of mint, caraway seeds and basil.
According to liquor.com, The Last Word was first served at the Detroit Athletic Club, circa 1915. After World War Two, the drink retreated to the dusty corners of out-of-fashion cocktails until the early days of this 21st century when Murray Stenson at Seattle’s Zig Zag Café, unearthed the classic and it has become popular around the globe. We used green Chartreuse for this recipe.