From the Death & Co. Cocktail book
- .75 oz. Laphroaig Islay 10 year Single Malt Scotch (I used a 10 year cask strength Laphroaig)
- .75 oz. Green Chartreuse
- .75 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- .75 oz. fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled coupe. No garnish.
I love a well made Last Word, which is equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino and fresh lime juice. It's a classic cocktail that I've written about before. It's nearly impossible to screw up but I've had an occasional bartender fail at making one. I also love a good riff on a Last Word. The possibilities are endless. Hence Pete's Word.
I've been meaning to make a Pete's Word for some time but the combination of lime and a peaty Scotch made my head spin. This is a cocktail that looks insane on paper but totally works.
Laphroaig is an Islay Scotch Whisky, so super medicinal, peaty, and full of brine that tastes like the sea. It's a killer Scotch but intense and smokey with just a touch of sweet. Plus, since I went with cask strength it comes in at 114.4 proof. Add in the herbaceous wallop of Green Chartreuse and you're knocking back a heady drink. The Luxardo Maraschino adds a subtle touch of sweet. Luxardo Maraschino can sometimes be a bully, a sweet one, but still a bully. In the Pete's Word, the sweetness is nicely in check. Finally, the lime adds a the right amount of acidic backbone. I dig it and it's worth making because it's such an odd ball.
As I drink this I'm listening to Over and Even by Joan Shelly. This is one of the best albums in 2015, possible my top pick. Joan hails from Louisville, Kentucky but her songs harken back to the English folk period of the 60's with a touches of traditional Appalachian music. It's a gorgeous and timeless album. Buy it.