Yesterday I started a new feature on my personal blog called "Cocktail of the Hour." As a craft bartender and freelance writer here in Birmingham, distilling my book- and web-based research into weekly drink profiles is a natural outgrowth of these interests.
First up is the Last Word. Though the exact quantity varies, the basic recipe calls for equal parts gin, Maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse and lime juice.
At Octane, we bartenders use the daily dinner hour lull to Instagram pictures of drinks and their ingredients. Many of the cocktails are both beautifully colored and cleverly named.
Developed in Detroit right before the start of Prohibition, this cocktail is almost more famous for its disappearance than for its origin. Interestingly, the name's source remains a mystery.
Read more about the Last Word and find the recipe here.