A Perfect Green Drink for St. Patrick’s Day! The Last Word Cocktail
Everyone loves to clink a green drink on St. Patrick’s Day. I enjoy color-coded cocktails and party-themed sips as much as the next gal, but it still has to taste good. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you could simply add a little green food coloring to your beer — or you could recognize you are no longer a college co-ed and toast the day with this classic green cocktail instead.
This week’s pick, the Last Word cocktail, is traditionally served straight up, but I like to swirl it around on the rocks. It’s a light minty green color perfect for toasting St. Patrick’s Day, but without having to gag down some syrupy sweet green sludge of a drink. This is a real cocktail, layered with sweet and sour notes and has a purposeful finality once swallowed that, for obvious reasons, earned this pour its name.
For tonight’s 10-minute happy hour, grab a hunk of Irish Cheddar, and mix up a batch of the pretty green Last Word Cocktail to kick off your St. Patty’s Day weekend with style.
The Last Word Cocktail Recipe
¾ ounce gin
¾ ounce Green Chartreuse
¾ ounce maraschino liqueur
¾ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
Slice of lime, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all of the ingredients and shake until chilled.
Strain into a coupe (if you like to sip your drink straight up) or into a glass filled with ice (if you prefer the clink of cubes). Garnish with a lime slice.
(Image: Maureen Petrosky)