Mezcal Last Word Cocktail Recipe

Mezcal Last Word Cocktail Recipe

What is the Mezcal Last Word?

The “Mezcal Last Word” is a classic gin cocktail, but with a mezcal twist for the more adventurous cocktail enthusiasts. The original “Last Word” is a classic cocktail that traces its roots back to the Prohibition era, originating from the Detroit Athletic Club. It’s a balanced blend of gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice, each in equal parts.

The Mezcal cocktail version transforms into something truly unique. Originally made with gin, this version replaces the juniper-infused spirit with the smoky flavor of mezcal. Green Chartreuse lends an herbal complexity, while maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice add layers of sweetness and tartness. It’s a balanced, complex cocktail.

Which Mezcal Should You Use?

Choosing the right mezcal can make all the difference in crafting an exquisite Mezcal cocktail. While the allure of wild agave mezcal is undeniable, these often come with a hefty price tag and are typically best savored neat to fully appreciate their complex, nuanced flavors.

For a balanced, flavorful cocktail, you should use a quality Espadín mezcal. It offers that signature smoky note without overshadowing the harmonious blend of the other ingredients. Del Maguey Vida is a solid choice in this category for both quality and bang for your buck. It’s crafted with care, offering a medium smokiness, making it a perfect companion to the Green Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur in your Mezcal Last Word.

It brings that authentic mezcal character to the cocktail we mezcal enthusiasts all love without breaking the bank. Cheers to that!

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Mezcal Last Word
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Prep time: 5 min
Total time: 5 min

The “Mezcal Last Word" is a classic gin cocktail, but with a mezcal twist for the more adventurous cocktail enthusiasts.

The Mezcal Last Word Cocktail

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  1. Prepare Your Glass: Always start with a chilled coupe glass (if you don’t have one, a chilled cocktail glass will do of course). It sets the stage for the flavors to shine.

  2. Combine Ingredients: In a shaker, combine equal parts of mezcal, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice.

  3. Shake Well: Shake it vigorously in a cocktail shaker. You want to wake up those flavors and get them mingling.

  4. Strain: Strain the mix into your prepared glass.

  5. Serve: No garnish needed here. The cocktail is a masterpiece in itself. If you fancy a garnish, go with a lime wedge.


Balance is Key: The “Mezcal Last Word" is all about balance. Make sure your measurements are precise. Each ingredient is a chapter of the story - miss one, and the narrative changes.

Quality Counts: I can’t stress this enough - quality ingredients make a world of difference in this drink. A premium mezcal and authentic maraschino liqueur (like Luxardo Maraschino) are non-negotiables for a truly memorable “Mezcal Last Word."

Variants: A dash of agave syrup can add a touch of sweetness to this drink that dances well with the smoky notes of the mezcal.

Calories: 220
Protein: .1g
Fat: .02g
Carbohydrates: 18g
Sugars: 16g
*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info."
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
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    Since 2018, Alex keeps coming back to Oaxaca to to enjoy the food and the agave spirits of this wonderful state. Favorite: Tepeztate.