1 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
1 oz Combier Liqueur d'Orange
1 1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
On Tuesday night last week, Andrea and I went over to No. 9 Park for cocktails. One of the drinks bartender Ted Kilpatrick wanted to show me was his take on the Last Word using Mezcal that he dubbed La Palabra. Ted was rather excited about the drink for he liked how the Mezcal Vida brought out the vegetal notes of the Chartreuse. The cocktail's aroma was mainly the herbaceous green Chartreuse supplemented by a hint of smokiness from the Mezcal. The sip was dry and crisp with citrus notes; in fact, it was the driest Last Word variation I have tasted. The swallow was similar to the nose for it was replete with smoke and Chartreuse flavors. Ted explained his breaking from the standard Last Word's equal parts recipe as Chartreuse did not play well with the Mezcal so he had to up the liqueur's proportion to make it stand out.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.