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.
You would assume that making a Gin & Tonic is easy. After all, it only calls for three ingredients: gin, lime and tonic water. Yet the drink is often inconsistent from one bar to the next, with some achieving the perfect balance while others fall flat from one of the many ways to ruin a good G&T. When it’s done right, however, it’s one...