Tuesday, January 5, 2010

latest word

3/4 oz Bols Genever
3/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.
Continuing on with our barhopping on Saturday night, Andrea and I took the Red Line down one stop to Central Square where we visited Craigie on Main. On the menu were a few new drinks including the Latest Word which was described as "Death & Company's Ultimate Update" of the Last Word. This one in theory should fall somewhere between the whiskey-based Final Ward and the original gin recipe given the base spirit. Moreover, it would be the first of two equal parts Genever cocktails of the evening (see the forthcoming post about the Shaddock). The Latest Word's smoother and richer spirit, Bols Genever, did temper the drink's sharper flavors relative to the original version's dry gin. Indeed, the Chartreuse seemed more sedate than I remember it being, and perhaps the lime and Maraschino interplay took a small step forward in the flavor profile. As the drink warmed up, the Chartreuse took a more prominent role in the cocktail akin to how I remember the Last Word's balance being.

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