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How to make a Last Word

Want to learn how to make the Last Word?  This herbal, complex, tart cocktail is delightful and simple to make.  It’s 4 ingredients, equal parts.  The Last Word is one Sean’s personal favorites (and was his featured wedding cocktail), so we hope you enjoy it!

Last Word

The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail created in the Detroit Athletic Club bar in the 1920’s.  If you like the Last Word, and you’re into smoky cocktails, then you can also consider swapping out the gin for mezcal to create a Last of the Oaxacans.  


This is a shaken cocktail, so you’re going to need the basics for any shaken drink.  If you don’t have some of these tools, then check out our barware kits.  

  • Jigger – to measure the ingredients
  • Knife – to cut the citrus
  • Hand Juicer – to juice the citrus
  • Cocktail Shaker – to shake the ingredients with ice
  • Hawthorne Strainer – to strain the cocktail into your serving glass
  • Serving Glass – to serve the cocktail (for this cocktail, we recommend a coupe or martini glass)



  1. Combine all of the ingredients into your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Strain into your serving glass 
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Picture of the Last Word cocktail card by Maneful

The Last Word is one Maneful’s Fundamental Cocktails for the Home Bartender.  Check out the recipe card deck for all 52 cocktail recipes, easy-to-follow illustrated instructions, and guidance on how to build your home bar. 

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