The Last Word, a cocktail dreamt up in Detroit, MI, in the 1920s, is a Prohibition-era classic. It's a heady, intoxicating and thirst quenching drink that'll knock you out if you're not careful. It's a little bit sweet, a little bit tart but all powerful.
It's easy to throw back and by round two your lips will feel numb. By drink three you'll be floating.
Green Chartreuse is sweet and pungent and makes the Last Word so potent, as it clocks in at 110 proof. Plus it was created by Carthusian Monks in 1737, which makes it a spirit close to God.
The Last Word is nearly impossible to screw up making since it's equal parts of everything. Use a decent gin and you're set. And remember, always use fresh lime juice (same goes for lemon juice).
This past week ambient/post-classical duo, A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their second long player, Atomos and it's the perfect album to listen to while drinking The Last Word. A Winged Victory for the Sullen is a collaboration between Dustin O’Halloran (Devics) and Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid). Atomos is an original score for contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor’s (London Royal Ballet) newest dance piece Atomos.
O'Halloran and Wiltzie mix elegant, elegiac and graceful string arrangements with Satie-esque piano movements and ambient guitar treatments to create a slow building euphoria over the course of 11 movements. It's a stunning achievement best experienced with a pair of headphones and The Last Word.