First created in the Prohibition era, the Last Word's simple recipe of equal parts Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Green Chartreuse, Junipero Gin and fresh lime juice belies the subtlety of this sweet-tart-herbal creation. Two men are credited with this cocktail's fame - its creator, vaudevillian Fred Fogarty, who allegedly first combined the four ingredients at the Detroit Athletic Club in 1921, and Seattle bartender Murray Stetson, who revived the Last Word at the Zig Zag Café in the early 2000s.
First appearing in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 by Harry Craddock, the Blood and Sand cocktail has a bit of a mysterious past. It is supposedly named after the famous 1922 bullfighter silent film of the same name from the early Hollywood era. Due to the unique ingredients, all of equal parts, this cocktail provides a diverse yet nuanced flavor. Similar to the dance of a bullfighter in the ring, this cocktail will surprise and delight with its sweet, yet bitter, flavors.
The Green Chartreuse gives this cocktail a wonderful herby black licorice flavor that coats the palate and the sweet vermouth pulls in a matching warm sweetness. Depending on the kind of Irish Whiskey you use it'll either add more sweetness (blends) or an earthy aspect (single malts/pot still) that adds another dimension to the cocktail, giving it a bit more depth.
If you're looking for the ultimate easy-sipping summer cocktail, this is the one for you. Essentially "summer in a glass", this drink is visually stunning, refreshing and pairs incredibly well with a sunny day.