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.
The Gimlet is essentially a Daiquiri made with gin instead of rum. Bright and sour up front, with a backdrop of bold botanical flavors, it’s wonderful in warm weather. The Gimlet first appeared in print in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, but comes from a much older naval tradition. During England’s imperial era, the daily rat...