Originally created during Prohibition at the Detroit Athletic Club, the Last Word fell out of favor some time after World War II. It was all but forgotten until 2004 when Murray Stenson, a bartender at Seattle’s Zig Zag Café, came across the cocktail in Ted Saucier's 1951 cocktail book, Bottoms Up!, and put it on the menu. Made with equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice, it’s easy to make and—once you take a sip—hard to forget.
No one knows who invented the Pegu Club or when exactly it first came to be (probably some time in the early 1900s), but where the drink was invented is another story. During the days of the British Empire, Englishmen opened up exclusive clubs in every one of their territories, from India to Africa and everywhere in between. These were safe havens...